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Artist:   Ronald Fleming  
Title:   Metamorphosis  
Date:   c. 1989  
Medium:   Buckeye burl  
Dimensions:   14 1/2 x 20 1/2 x 20 1/2 in. (36.83 x 52.07 x 52.07 cm)  
Credit Line:   Gift of the collection of Mari and Irving Lipton  
Location:   Gallery Not on view  

Although he began his professional career as an illustrator and designer, Ronald Fleming's childhood experiences of working with wood alongside his grandfather and father encouraged his return to the medium as an adult. Describing the profound way in which wood affected his creativity, Fleming states, "I felt like I had finally found a media that I could work in and let my creative juices flow. No parameters-just my imagination." Fleming, known for his carving skills, demonstrates his abilities by transforming a humble specimen of buckeye burl, an irregular growth with inherent cracks and openings, into an exceptionally large and yet graceful vessel that incorporates those imperfections. Metamorphosis references Fleming's transformation of the burl through the articulated leaves at the vessel's rim, as well as the swirling honey and dark brown shades of the wood, which seem agitated and in the process of shifting and changing.

Name:   Fleming, Ronald  
Nationality:   American  
Life Dates:   American, born 1937  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Signature, Title and Sticker on bottom, in black: [Ron Fleming / 'Metamorphosis'] on bottom, on sticker: [Property of Peter / Daniel & Rachel Lipton / & Candy & Joshua Kopel]  
Classification:   Woodwork  
Physical Description:   turned and carved; large rounded bowl form with slightly concave foot; top edge carved into leaf-like forms; tan and grey mottled colors; inherent irregular holes  
Creation Place:   North America, United States, , ,  
Accession #:   2009.74.10  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts