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Star Ring

1999 Joe Wood Born: New York, New York 1954 sterling silver and 18k gold 1 1/2 x 1 1/8 x 1 1/8 in. (3.7 x 3.0 x 2.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Libby Cooper © 1999, Joe Wood 2001.11 Not currently on view

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“The idea of using silver’s properties to acknowledge the passage of time was important to me. It provided a way to dissolve sentiment.” Artist quoted in “Joe Wood: The Manifest Idea,” Metalsmith, Winter 1997

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The radial symmetry of Star Ring reflects Joe Wood’s affinity for hypnotic imagery and geometric forms. Wood intentionally confuses any meanings associated with the design by treating the sterling silver with burned oils to give the metal “an ambiguous age.”


decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

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