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Brooch

1980-1999 Pavel Opocensky Born: Karlovy Vary, Czechoslovakia 1954 fabricated Corian overall: 1 1/4 x 4 3/4 x 3/4 in. (3.3 x 12.0 x 1.9 cm) part A (brooch): 1 1/4 x 4 1/2 x 1/2 in. (3.3 x 11.4 x 1.2 cm) part B (clasp): 1/4 x 3/8 in. (.7 x 1.0 cm) diam. part C (clasp): 1/4 x 3/8 in. (.7 x 1.0 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Zack Peabody 2000.62.12A-C Not currently on view


Luce Center Quote

“The brooches . . . do not conform to the human figure but are meant to be displayed on it, using the torso as an armature.” Ursula Ilse Neuman, Curator, quoted in Metalsmith, 2002

Luce Center Label

In these brooches Pavel Opocensky explores the properties of fabricated Corian, a dense, opaque material he extensively works into delicate, transparent jewelry. The artist’s minimalist approach to design reveals his fascination with “forms that reflect the inner harmony of an underlying geometry, both as they exist in space and as they relate to the human body.”

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decorative arts - jewelry

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plastic - methyl methylacrylate - corian