Untitled (Encased Piece)

Left: studio view: unfired clay, palm fonds, black cement, 6 ft.-6 in. (2 m) h. x 14 ft. (4.3 m) w., 1979
Right: installation view, Northern California Clay Routes, Sculpture Now, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, 1979

A precursor to the kiln works of the 1980-1990s, the black cement metaphorically "fires" the encased clay and palm fonds by rendering them hard and immobile. The cement having been "fired" through its production as an industrial material and the black pigment representing the carbon transformation of fire.