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Choker (#38)

1978 Mary Lee Hu Born: Lakewood, Ohio 1943 fine and sterling silver, 18k and 24k gold, and lacquered copper 9 5/8 x 6 1/2 x 7/8 in. (24.5 x 16.6 x 2.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the James Renwick Alliance 1985.22 Renwick Gallery
2nd Floor, Room 207

Luce Center Quote

"My work takes a long time to do . . . But I really like to see it slowly growing . . . I feel strongly that one form is related to what is next to it; forms flow one into another." Mary Lee Hu in Ornament 6:3, 1983

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Mary Lee Hu wove together silver, gold, and copper in Choker (#38) to form a massive yet delicate neckpiece. Hu expertly wove the metal by hand, using her finger as her primary tool. It is tedious work, and can take hours to complete only a few inches of woven metal; Hu, however, enjoys the slow, meditative process. She loves pattern, rhythm and symmetry, and is inspired by organic forms, including sea creatures and veins in leaves. The flowing, subtly asymmetrical forms in Choker (#38) evoke leaves or feathers, and seem to sprout from the core of the piece.


decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

metal - copper

metal - gold

metal - silver

About Mary Lee Hu

Born: Lakewood, Ohio 1943