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Frank Fleming
American, 1940–2018

Bird on a Stick


Object Type: Sculpture
Creation Place: North America, American, Alabama
13 in. x 8 1/8 in. x 6 3/4 in. (33.02 cm x 20.64 cm x 17.15 cm)
Medium and Support: Unglazed porcelain
Accession Number: 2002.0016

Credit Line: Gift of Jamie and Mimi Gallagher in memory of her mother, Sharon Heflin, a devoted arts supporter

Frank Fleming was born in Bear Creek, Alabama and currently lives in Birmingham. Raised on a tenant farm, Fleming was constantly outdoors and surrounded by animals. As a child, Fleming stuttered, and as a result of being teased by other children, he often turned to animals for company, more at home with animals than people. As an adult, Fleming recreates in unglazed white porcelain or cast bronze many of the animals that he came to know as a child. His sculptures are notable for their detail and realistic rendering, yet their lack of color adds a surreal quality. Many of Fleming's pieces suggest myths, folklore, or fables.

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