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Metha

1996 Tod Pardon Born: Saratoga Springs, New York 1952 sterling silver, 14k gold, copper, pigment, simulated ivory horn, wood, beads 6 7/8 x 2 1/8 x 7/8 in. (17.5 x 5.4 x 2.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Martha and Pat Connell 1996.100 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 52B


Luce Center Quote

“Over the past ten years my work has embraced this duality, of whimsy and fear . . . I find an exquisite irony in using the medium of jewelry, meant to be an expression of beautiful adornment, as a canvas for my ‘bugaboos.’” Tod Pardon

Luce Center Label

Metha is an example of the figural brooches that characterize Tod Pardon’s mature work. This small-scale figure recalls Colima figures of western Mexico and Cycladic art of ancient Greece, and incorporates the leg-wrapping tradition of the Masai warriors of Kenya. By including a display pedestal in the work, Pardon departs from conventional ideas of the function of jewelry. He encourages the viewer to appreciate the formal relationships of color, form, and texture.

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Abstract

Figure female - full length

decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

metal - copper

metal - gold

metal - silver

About Tod Pardon

Born: Saratoga Springs, New York 1952