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Small Crucifixion


"This piece was presented to the Museum in 1991 by artist Olen Bryant. As professor of sculpture at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Bryant had regularly taken students to view the Wickham statues. Perhaps because of his continued and sincere interest in Wickham’s creative work, Wickham’s daughter Nora (Sister Justina) gave Bryant the crucifixion.

There is a very different visual sensitivity apparent in this sculpture by Wickham. The small scale of the work lends an air of intimacy and personal contemplation to its religious theme. The repetition of diagonal lines in the ribcage of Christ and the folds of his drapery creates a rhythmic quality not found in Wickham’s other sculptures. There is also a delicacy of proportion in this piece that is lacking in Wickham’s large-scale public statues. At first glance it could almost pass for a crucifix made for a Catholic shrine." - quoted text is from the 2001 Customs House Museum Online Wickham Exhibit.

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Small Cucifixion


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