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In the Mountains

2001 Kim Rawdin Born: New York, New York 1950 fabricated, hollow-formed, soldered, cut, and inlaid 18k and 22k gold, chrysoprase, lapis lazuli, red coral, blue chalcedony, black jade, and petrified palm 2 1/2 x 3 1/4 x 1 3/4 in. (6.2 x 8.2 x 4.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Linda and Donald Schlenger and museum purchase through the Renwick Acquisitions Fund 2002.27 Not currently on view


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Kim Rawdin’s design for In the Mountains came from the aerial perspective in mythological Dreamtime paintings by Australia’s Aborigines. The pure colors of the polished stones evoke the immensity of Ayer’s Rock, the Australian sky and sea, and the resilient grasses and trees of the inland plains. The poem stamped on the inside of the bracelet---as brief as a Japanese haiku---clarifies the artist’s emotional interpretation of the land:

I MOMENTARILY STOP

AND SEE MYSELF

UNKNOWN AND UNDEFINED

FREE FROM THE MOVIES . . .

Keywords

decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

coral

metal - gold

stone - chalcedony

stone - chrysoprase

stone - jade

stone - lapis lazuli