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Collection Art-2D Collection
Catalog Number 2015.1.18
Object Name Print
Description "The Bird Knew (for W. S. Merwin)," 2014, from the portfolio "Drawn from the McClung Museum," mixed media print by Phyllis McGibbon. Edition: 1/30.

Designed in response to McClung Museum object: 2014.2.6, Chancay textile fragment, 1100-1450 AD (Chancay culture, Peru)

Artist statement: Relatively little is known about the Chancay people who wove fine interlocking patterns such as the textile at left sometime between 100 and 1450 A.D. The W.S. Merwin poem "From the Gray Legends," excerpted below, provided an important touchstone as I worked in response to this textile fragment, which found its way to Tennessee from the middle coast of Peru.

"and Minerva wove in the daylight
from daylight
and she knew where the threads
were going in their stories
some of them
some of the time
and she claimed that she always knew

Arachne claimed nothing

Arachne did not have to know
she could wait
even when she was forgotten"
Title The Bird Knew (for W. S. Merwin), from the portfolio Drawn from the McClung Museum
Date 2014
Role of Creator Artist
Creator McGibbon, Phyllis
Material paper
Technique mixed media
Dimensions H-14.5 W-20 inches
Credit line Gift of the artist
Subjects Chancay
Peru
Textiles
Poetry
Prints