Critic's Choice


A series of three pencil sharpeners as a commentary about art criticism.

DIMENSIONS of each pencil sharpener (approximately):  7.5" height x 6" width x 3" depth

A larger photo of each pencil sharpener is below.


Lead construction with pencil sharpener blades. 
Sterling silver shavings and word fragments. 


Brass construction with nickel-plated finish. 
Polished steel blades. 

Sterling silver words (left to right) were taken directly from an article in Metalsmith Magazine, Fall 1985 written by C.E. Licka
       geometric configurations
       resonant with oblique social implications
       references to an entropic paradigm
       representational elements
       rationalized and idealized forms

Sterling silver footnote (at the bottom of the pencil sharpener): 
C.E. Licka, "Ornamental Polarities", Metalsmith, Fall 1985


Brass construction with painted or nickel plated finish. 
Sterling silver helicoid blade with stamped lettering. 

These pencil sharpeners were included in the book Manufractured: The Conspicuous Transformation of Everyday Objects by Mara Holt Skov and Steven Skov Holt. An entire chapter of the book features my work. CLICK on the book title or image to see more information.



The series of three pencils sharpeners are exhibited or sold as one sculpture work.
This sculpture is available for purchase or exhibition. 
Retail Price: $9,000
Photo Credit for all images: Philip Cohen

 © Harriete Estel Berman, 1986