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Collection Art-2D Collection
Catalog Number 2015.1.10
Object Name Print
Description "Freshwater Mussel Shells," 2014, from the portfolio "Drawn from the McClung Museum," lithograph by Maggie Denk-Leigh. Edition: 1/30.

Designed in response to McClung Museum objects: Freshwater mussel shells; Butterfly (Ellipsaria lineolata), Elephantear (Elliptio crassidens), Ringpink (Obovaria retusa), Rabbitsfoot (Quadrula cylindrical).

Artist statement: Shell collections conjure up memories of walks on the shore and time spent with family. Little time might be spent considering their importance as natural biological filters, cleaning our lakes, rivers and streams. Less time might be spent reflecting on their economical impact supporting both the local button and pearl industries. Research revealed the waterways of Tennessee once harbored the most diverse and abundant assemblage of mollusks known in historic times. Mussel shells were once the primary source material for buttons in the textile industry, but ultimately were replaced by the invention of plastics.
Title Freshwater Mussel Shells
Date 2014
Role of Creator Artist
Creator Denk-Leigh, Maggie
Medium ink
Material paper | Rives BFK
Technique lithograph
Dimensions H-20 W-15 inches
Credit line Gift of the artist
Subjects Mussels
Buttons (Fasteners)