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Dragon House

Dragon House

Artist: Robert Harrison (Canadian, born 1953)
Date: 2011
Medium: Terracotta tiles, water jet-cut glazed, decals, gold luster, china paint
Dimensions:
15 1/16 x 13 1/2 x 13 1/2 in. (38.3 x 34.3 x 34.3 cm)
Classification: Sculpture
Credit Line: Gift of Robert Harrison, 2012
Keywords and Associated Locations:
Object number: 2013.4
Description
Robert Harrison’s artwork is characteristically about architectural spaces. He creates large-scale, site-specific architectural installations as well as a series of smaller houses, each with its own particular cultural symbolism. In the case of Dragon House, the cultural connotations are Chinese. Harrison gathered decals to fired onto the terra cotta tile surfaces during various trips to China. “The ‘collage' of decals,” he writes, “is focused on the dragon imagery so prevalent in the Chinese lexicon. The black serpentine china paint line of 'energy' I brushed on the surface literally ties the four sides of the house together.”
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