Elijah Pierce 1975 Folk Art Sculpture Outhouse
Elijah Pierce (American, 1892-1984)
Untitled (Outhouse), 1975
Carved wood, paper, glitter, paint
Signed to underside
The brown painted plywood outhouse features a hinged door, diamond shaped cutouts in the sides, aqua painted finish interior with glitter in the floor finish.The door and roof top have incised detailing. Inside the outhouse, a man is seated on a white toilet reading a Columbus, Ohio newspaper (dated 1981). On the wall hangs a “toilet paper dispenser” wrapped in toilet tissue. The door is dated and signed “11-14-1975, Elijah Pierce” in green marker to underside.
Elijah Pierce is an internationally recognized wood carver. He was born of two former slaves in Baldwyn, Mississippi and died in Columbus, Ohio in 1984. He was a preacher and a barber by profession and lifelong passionate wood carver. He was recipient of National Endowment for the Arts’ National Heritage Fellowship in 1982 for his contribution to the arts and woodcarving community as a master traditional artist. Many of Pierce’s artworks are inspired by his Christian faith and his childhood on a farm. His works are represented in galleries nationwide and he was awarded prizes internationally, including first place in the 1982 International Meeting of Naive Art in Zagreb, Yugoslavia.
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