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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Craft: Jewelry: Necklace

Joyce Scott
beads, fabric, and thread
11 1/2 x 7 1/4 x 1 in. (29.3 x 18.5 x 2.5 cm.)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Dale and Doug Anderson


Meet Joyce Scott 4.1MB

"This is my balance work, I can't constantly speak of serious issues---who needs that every day? Making a fun or a beautiful piece is a different kind of meditation for me." Artist quoted in "Joyce Scott: Migrant Worker for the Arts," Ornament, 1992

This piece is one of Joyce Scott's abstract, spontaneous improvisations on an idea derived from nature. Although it does not offer the frank social comment found in much of her work, Necklace reflects Scott's commitment to her heritage as an African American and to her family’s traditions in craft.

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