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1991 Didi Suydam Born: New York, New York, 1959 sterling silver and 23k gold leaf part A (brooch): 1 1/4 x 5 3/4 x 7/8 in. (3.2 x 14.5 x 2.3 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 2000.62.15A-C Not currently on view

Luce Center Quote

“I see the body’s potential as a landscape for sculpture, as an empty area on which to place three-dimensional objects which directly respond to their point of placement.” Artist quoted in Metalsmith, Spring 1989

Luce Center Label

Didi Suydam sees the body as a “field” for placing jewelry, and explores relationships of form and space through her three-dimensional, wearable sculpture. She attempts to bridge past and present in her jewelry by producing contemporary pieces based on ancient motifs. The simple, monumental form of this piece reflects the artist’s fascination with Egyptian, Roman, and medieval cultures.


decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

metal - gold

metal - silver