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Folded Brooch

1990 Eleanor Moty Born: Glen Ellyn, Illinois 1945 constructed, scored, folded, and soldered sterling silver, 22k gold, and limonated topaz 5 5/8 x 2 x 3/4 in. (14.3 x 5.2 x 2.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd in honor of Michael W. Monroe for his years of dedication to the Renwick Gallery 1996.21 Not currently on view

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“Landscape has been a subtle influence stemming from my childhood on a farm in Illinois where the horizon line was always visible and the land’s texture and color were constantly changing with the plantings and the seasons.” Artist’s statement, 1995

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The artist credits her design approach to her childhood on a farm, where “only the essence of form remained” in the winter landscape. Eleanor Moty creates brooches that contain subtle references to this reductive, beautiful geography, as seen here in Folded Brooch, where the linear inclusions of the topaz are “reminiscent of blades of grass and stems projecting through ice on a frozen pond.”


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About Eleanor Moty

Born: Glen Ellyn, Illinois 1945