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Collection Art-2D Collection
Catalog Number 2015.1.25
Object Name Print
Description "Crinoid," 2014, from the portfolio "Drawn from the McClung Museum," aquatint, etching, drypoint, and photopolymer etching by Tanja Softic. Edition: 1/30.

Designed in response to McClung Museum object (unnumbered) Crinoid, Agaricocrinites sp. Phylum Echinodermata, Class Crinoidea, Mississippian Period.

Artist statement: Crinoids derive their name from Greek word krinon, or "lily", but they are animals, not plants. The ones living today are often called sea lilies. When I first saw the Mississippian Crinoid Fossil from McClung Museum collections, it looked to me like a relief on a sarcophagus, a figure laid to rest, something that turned inward, put all of its fingers together and formed a protective fist around itself. I imagined this petrified form live, opened and unfolding, soft and flexible in the current. Unfolding, radiating and flowing, then turning inward, turning into stone.

Title Crinoid, from the portfolio "Drawn from the McClung Museum,"
Date 2014
Role of Creator Artist
Creator Softic, Tanja
Medium ink
Material paper
Technique aquatint | etching | drypoint | photopolymer etching
Dimensions H-19.75 W-14.625 inches
Credit line Gift of the artist
Subjects Fossils