Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Joyce J. Scott
    born 1948
    born: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
  • Caffeine, 1994–1999
  • Where object was made: United States
  • beads, glass, wire, mixed media
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 44 x 51 x 25 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 17 5/16 x 20 1/16 x 9 13/16 in
  • Museum purchase: Friends of the Art Museum
  • Not on display
  • 2000.0074
Label Text

Serpent, coffeepot, can, cup, and female figure covered with beads. Coffeepot covered with large black beads serves as base for "Luzianne" coffee can out of which rises a beaded blue-mouthed yellow serpent. A beaded female figure clothed in a dull green bead outfit flecked with contrasting colored beads straddles the serpent just above the coffee can. This figure’s pale ivory colored hands hold on to the rim of a beaded red net that is attached to the open end of the coffee can from which the serpent rises. Two opaque white glass slides painted with black heads, one the head of a skeleton and the other a smiling face reminiscent of a primitive carved mask, are attached to the red net. A larger figure made of wire straddles the coffee can at its base. This figure has a sparkling white coffee cup spilling dull brown coffee onto its chest. The coffee cup and coffee are made of beads.