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1994 Daniel Jocz Born: Beloit, Wisconsin 1943 fine silver, sterling silver, and 18k gold 2 1/4 x 2 7/8 x 3/4 in. (5.6 x 7.4 x 1.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mobilia Gallery and Helen Bock © 1994, Daniel H. Jocz 1999.53 Not currently on view

Luce Center Quote

“I try not to put any restrictions on ideas that pop into my head. I don’t try to judge them in any way.” Daniel Jocz, interviewed by Robert Godfrey, Exhibition Catalogue: Uncommon Sense: A Retrospective Exhibition, 2000

Luce Center Label

“Nightingales” is part of Daniel Jocz’s Song Series of brooches. Starting in the mid-1990s, Jocz broke away from his typical geometric forms in favor of the more representational forms he learned to sculpt in art school, particularly the figure. Jocz felt that the whole series was like a song, with each brooch representing one emotional statement. The series is marked by dreamlike imagery, often incorporating figural elements. For example, in Nightingales, a superimposed face is scattered with tiny gold crosses. Jocz did not think his brooches should be stored in a drawer, and developed small display frames for them so they could be viewed even when they were not being worn.


Emblem - cross

Figure - fragment - mouth

decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

About Daniel Jocz

Born: Beloit, Wisconsin 1943