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Red Bud

1996 Torin Richards Born: Ames, Iowa 1968 fabricated, cast, and oxidized sterling silver and glass beads clasped: 17 1/8 x 6 x 1 3/4 in. (43.5 x 15.2 x 4.4 cm) unclasped: 29 x 2 x 1 3/4 in. (73.7 x 5.1 x 4.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist in memory of Nancy Wardwell 1998.64 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 57B


Luce Center Label

In Red Bud, Torin Richards shows how simple forms can enrich each other. She used a botanical illustration of a magnolia bud and a cluster of berries as a model. For the artist, the juxtaposition recalls poison berries, snow-covered branches, a thorn-bearing plant, as well as the gray of earth and sky in winter. She hopes that these recognizable forms will evoke personal associations in the viewer.

Keywords

decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

glass

metal - silver