Decorative Tools

“We shape our tools,

and thereafter

our tools shape us.”

— Winston Churchill

Artist-naturalist James Prosek considers the sculptural, symbolic and practical functions of forged iron eel spears as part of his installation within the Florence Griswold Museum’s Fragile Earth: The Naturalist Impulse in Contemporary Art exhibit. Exploring the line between artifact to art, he contrasts 19th century spears crafted by blacksmiths in such places as Denmark, France, Italy, Long Island, Cape Cod and New London, Conn. with three Prosek-designed decorative spears with prongs curved in a non-functional way. 

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Is a useless tool still a tool? — Consider artist’s hand-forged eel spears for answer.

Photo by Mary O’Connor

© 2019


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