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October Necklace

2002 Jennifer Trask Born: Cape Cod, Massachusetts 1970 18k royal gold, 18k green gold, 14k palladium, 22k gold with swallowtail, monarch, queen, and silvery checkerspot butterfly wings; yellow soil from Verona, Italy and Spain; red soil from Arizona; ring-necked pheasant feathers; guinea fowl feathers; iron filings; black sand; and rusted steel in mineral crystal and reticles 20 7/8 x 1 1/4 x 3/8 in. (53.0 x 3.2 x 0.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Renwick Acquisitions Fund 2003.19 Not currently on view


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Jennifer Trask invites the viewer to discover unexpected beauty in October Necklace. She conjures the displays of a European Wunderkammer (cabinet of wonders) or a Victorian collection, isolating minerals, insect wings, and feathers and placing them under glass in locket-sized cases. By focusing on the formal qualities of a material, Trask transforms natural specimens into abstract studies of color or texture.

Keywords

Dress - accessory - jewelry

decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

animal parts - feather

metal - gold

metal - iron

metal - steel

sand

soil