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You're Perfect

1998 Roberta Williamson Born: Oak Park, Illinois 1949 hand fabricated, pierced, formed, soldered, bezel set sterling silver, crystal, lithograph, paper, ink, polychrome, steel, plastic, carnelian, brass, and wood 4 5/8 x 2 1/4 x 5/8 in. (11.6 x 5.7 x 1.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Richard T. Evans Fund 2000.4 Not currently on view


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“As Lauren’s body curved she was no less perfect to me. She was so beautiful, so sweet, so wonderful . . . Through her I have learned to see the perfection in so many people and things that I missed before. We all feel less than perfect for whatever reason---I now know it’s so easy to change that perception because it’s in our own mind.” Roberta Williamson, 1999

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You’re Perfect is one in a series Roberta Williamson calls “I kiss your back each night in my mind.” When this brooch was made, Williamson’s teenage daughter, Lauren, recently had undergone an operation to correct the lateral curvature of her spine. You’re Perfect expresses the artist’s unconditional love for her daughter and refers to Lauren’s first day at school after her surgery, when she bravely revealed her scar to classmates and jokingly tested the magnetism of the steel rods fused to her spine. Williamson challenges the idea of perfection in this piece by using an image of a large fly and an imitation fly pin, both of which remind the viewer that what is ugly to one is beautiful to another.

Keywords

Animal - insect - fly

Object - written matter

decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal