Collection Focus: Carol Eckert at RAM

Collection Focus: Carole Eckert at RAM

We can describe Carol Eckert’s sculptures by the animals represented—snakes, crocodiles, birds, and dragons—or the content referenced; yet those words cannot evoke the magic and charm of the objects themselves. Eckert creates compelling sculptural narratives using an ancient basketry technique known as coiling. The “stories” are populated with a menagerie of animals both real and mythical. The creatures themselves, as well as the non-functional baskets and “books,” wall reliefs and staffs that they adorn, are constructed of a thin copper wire wrapped (or “coiled”) with embroidery floss.

The 20-page study guide features full-color images of her pieces within RAM's permanent collection, an essay on the significance of Eckert's work to the field, and follows her career development.