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Dianne Baker , Swept Away II, 2007; mixed media including wood and metal, 13 x 61 x 3 inches; Burchfield Penney Art Center, Purchase, 2009

Dianne Baker , Swept Away II, 2007; mixed media including wood and metal, 13 x 61 x 3 inches; Burchfield Penney Art Center, Purchase, 2009

Swept Away ll is a rustic feeling sculpture comprised of broom handles. Nestled together in a tight banded horizontal orientation, the piece somehow evokes a warm kind of nostalgia.  The patina of these broom handles can bring up memories of seeing tools in old garages; evidence of labor from long ago – evidence of all the hands that held these handles over time.

Tom Holt, Head Preparator