Construction II (Brooch)
ca. 1975 Deborah Aguado Born: New York, New York 1939 cast, hand-polished, and hand-finished sterling silver 1 3/4 x 1 3/4 in. (4.5 x 4.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1975.145 Not currently on view
“[This piece] was an investigation of geometric formalism that I . . . was challenging myself to render in metal. It dealt with slipping, sliding, and alternating directions and other progressions.” Artist’s statement, 2004
Construction II is an example of architectonic jewelry, which means it has a design or structure that is characteristic of architecture. Deborah Aguado set tiny pieces of silver at different angles to create a three-dimensional geometric pattern that evokes a sense of scale, despite its small size.
For more information about this work visit the Luce Foundation Center.
decorative arts - jewelry
Crafts - Metal
metal - silver