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 . . .
decorative arts - jewelry
Crafts - Metal
metal - gold
stone - chalcedony
stone - chrysoprase
stone - jade
stone - lapis lazuli
About Kim Rawdin
Born: New York, New York 1950
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