Morris Graves, born Fox Valley, OR 1910-died Loleta, CA 2001 Search this
ink wash and gouache on paper
sheet: 29 3/8 x 23 3/4 in. (74.6 x 60.3 cm)
As a master of contemplative, spiritual expression, Graves used natural forms to symbolize his state of mind and inner vision. The bird with folded wings seems to emerge from his transcendent imagination, the artist’s “inner eye,” rather than from direct observation. The transparent, abstract image suggests an engraving in the face of a rock, worn away by time and weather, at once fading and accumulating new meaning.
Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2009