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R/V/O 1.1

1999 Tracey Clement Born: Fontana, California 1966 fabricated Monel, sterling silver, gold, stainless steel, and hematite 10 3/8 x 6 1/8 x 1 5/8 in. (26.2 x 15.7 x 4.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Zack Peabody © 1999 Tracey Clement 2000.62.6 Not currently on view


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This necklace is one in a series based on ideas of repetition, variation, and obsession (R/V/O); the pendant's teardrop shape appears throughout the series. For Tracey Clement, the interplay between form and material mirrors our perceptions of femininity and masculinity. The industrial quality of the Monel, a steel alloy with a high nickel content, alludes to "masculine" qualities, while the round shape of the pendant, connected to the necklace by a ball-and-socket joint, symbolizes the "feminine."

Keywords

decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

metal - gold

metal - monel

metal - silver

metal - steel

stone - hematite

About Tracey Clement

Born: Fontana, California 1966