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Marilyn Levine, American, (1935–2005)
F. M. Case, 1981
Stoneware, glazed
4 3/4 in. x 9 3/8 in. x 8 in. (12.07 cm. x 23.81 cm. x 20.32 cm.)

Object Type: Ceramic
Technique: Slab Method
Creation Place: North America, America
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer
Accession Number: L85.1.8

"Levine's F.M. Case, 1981, is at first glance a worn leather suitcase. In actuality it is a treatise on the tangible 'traces' of human life found in items we use. Characterized by their unintentional and personal nature, these evidences of time constitute an indirect history. To make the piece, Levine constructed an ordinary suitcase, but in order for the work to communicate the history it embodied rendered the physical details with more intensity than found in the actual object."
(Martha Drexler Lynn, Revolution in Clay, 1994, pg. 105)

"LEVINE" stamped on afixed label (faux) on suitcase; "FM" stamped in gold above label.

The body of the piece is constructed from clay slabs which were coated with engobe and marked with stains. It was fired to cone 7. After the firing a thin coat of epoxy was applied, and the piece was then painted with a very thin glaze of oil paint. The rivets on the front edges are glazed and lustered ceramic, and the buckles are metal inserted after the firing.

Object Description
Realistic (trompe l'oeil) suitcase, in brown, with two gold buckles on the front and "FM" stamped on the upper lid of the case, front edge, center.

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