Polymer

The Racine Art Museum's recent commitment to establishing a permanent collection of polymer jewelry, beads and sculptural objects led to a groundbreaking exhibition. Back in the Fall of 2011, Terra Nova: Polymer Art at the Crossroads opened and featured over 200 objects (both from RAM's permanent collection and on loan) made of polymer, including adornment, vessels, and furniture. The show emphasized the development of this material as significant medium for artwork in recent decades. To support the content of the exhibition as well as function as a singular resource for the historical and philosophical dimensions of the polymer medium, a 140-page hardcover book written by Rachel Carren, Bruce W. Pepich, and Lena Vigna, offers different frameworks for understanding the innovations of polymer in artistic expression.
Elise Winters
Woodland Ruffle Cuff, 2008
Polymer and acrylic
3 x 4 x 4 1/8 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Elise Winters and Sherwood Rudin
Photography: Penina Meisels
Bonnie Bishoff and J.M. Syron
Meander Credenza, 2006
Polymer, ash, and Japanese tamo wood
32 x 65 x 24 inches

Racine Art Museum, Gift of the Artists
Photography: Dean Powell Photography
Jeffrey Lloyd Dever
Blossoming Radii, 2006
Polymer, nickel-plated steel wire, and plastic-coated wire
5 3/8 x 2 9/16 x 1 ¼ inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of the Artist
Photography: Penina Meisels
Kathleen Dustin
Mother Purse, 2005
Polymer, bronze, glass beads, and cotton thread
6 ½ x 3 5/8 x 2 3/8 inches
w/strap: 25 7/8 x 3 5/8 x 2 3/8 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Marilyn Radke
Photography: Penina Meisels
Tory Hughes
Orrery, 1992
Polymer, metallic powders and acrylic paints, found brass, Lucite
ball-bearings,
glass beads, and spring-steel wire
11 ½ x 7 11/16 x 11/16 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of the Artist
Photography: Penina Meisels
Barbara Sperling
Koi Bowl with Lilac Stand,, 2006
Polymer and lilac branches
13 3/16 x 15 ½ x 12 5/8 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of the Artist
Photography: Penina Meisels
Cynthia Toops
Story Time, 2007
Polymer
2 9/16 x 2 9/16 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of the Artist
Photography: Penina Meisels
Melanie West
Bamboo BioBangle, 2008
Polymer
1 3/16 x 4 ½ inches diameter
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Elise Winters and Sherwood Rudin
Photography: Penina Meisels