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Bracelet

1988 Rachelle Thiewes Born: Owatonna, Minnesota 1952 sterling silver, 18k gold, and slate 10 3/4 x 9 1/2 x 1 5/8 in. (27.3 x 24.1 x 4.1 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the James Renwick Alliance 1995.26 Not currently on view


Luce Center Quote

“Within the body of each work . . . here is the sophistication of orchestrated forms that parallel musical compositions found in contemporary jazz whereby an underlying order is established beyond a surface of perceived chaos.” Rachelle Thiewes, Focus, El Paso Museum of Art

Luce Center Label

Rachelle Thiewes likes the contrast of order and chaos in Bracelet, which was inspired by the interplay of rhythm and improvisation in jazz music. At rest, Bracelet is silent, balanced, and ordered; on the wearer’s body, however, the work comes to life, the quills rhythmically swinging and producing ripples of sound. The wearer becomes an active participant in a work of art that is as much about sound as it is about visual beauty.

Keywords

decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

metal - gold

metal - silver

stone - slate