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1978 Frances Jenkins Pickens Born: Dodd's City, Texas 1927 forged and fabricated sterling silver, 10k gold, pearls, and garnets 10 3/4 x 6 5/8 x 1 1/8 in. (27.3 x 16.8 x 2.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Anne Wall Thomas in honor of Frances and Alex Pickens 1998.69 Not currently on view

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“Generally silver and copper are my favorites and my favorite technique as a general group would be called fabrication, which involves forging, bending, sawing, hammering, soldering, building the metal.” Artist, interviewed in Honolulu Academy of the Arts Calendar News, November 1991

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In Neckpiece, Frances Pickens seeks to integrate the visual language of diverse cultures, the natural world, and her inner emotions into her sculptural jewelry. Reminiscent of an archaeological artifact, the colorful, jagged pendant implies a human presence and a passage of time that contrasts sharply with the smooth, cold, polished metal of the neckpiece.


decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

metal - gold

metal - silver

stone - garnet

stone - pearl

About Frances Jenkins Pickens

Born: Dodd's City, Texas 1927

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