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James Croak
Born 1951 in Cleveland, OH
Lives and works in New York, NY
Dirt Baby, 1988
cast dirt
16 1/2 x 10 x 4 inches
Gift of Peter Norton
2000.8.3
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Croak creatively incorporates a variety of materials and innovative techniques in his work. For his signature dirt figures, he photographs a live model, builds an armature of welded steel and aluminum, then builds up his figures from clay, working from the inside out, casting models from them rather than from his live models. He invented a technique to cast dirt mixed with a resin binder in the mid-1980s and made his first Dirt Baby in April 1986.