Object photography

View of the artwork on display in 'All My Life: Contemporary Works by Native American Artists'; Peabody Essex Museum; August 5, 2005 through March 28, 2010.
View of the artwork on display in 'All My Life: Contemporary Works by Native American Artists'; Peabody Essex Museum; August 5, 2005 through March 28, 2010.
View of the artwork on display in 'Power and Beauty'; Peabody Essex Museum; 2003 through 2005.
View of the artwork on display in 'Power and Beauty'; Peabody Essex Museum; 2003 through 2005.
View of the artwork on display in 'Power and Beauty'; Peabody Essex Museum; 2003 through 2005.
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Object description

  • Truman Lowe (Ho-Chunk (Winnebago), birth 1944)
  • The Seine of Journeys, 2003
  • Willow, monofilament, metal
  • Wisconsin, United States
  • H: 120 in, W: 228 in (H: 304.8 cm, W: 579.1 cm)
  • Museum purchase with funds donated in part from The Edward Daland Lovejoy fund, The Anna Pingree Phillips fund and The Docent Fund, 2003
  • E302691
  • Recalls Native American fishing techniques
  • Evokes human connections to Northeast rivers and shorelines

Seines, vertical fishing nets invented by Native Americans, were originally used to catch such fish as salmon, herring and shad. Here, intersecting willow branches evoke Northeastern water environments, calling to mind wetland plants and shadows on the water's surface, as well as fishing nets.