Merry Renk, Bangles, ca. 1967, sawn, fused, and soldered 14k gold with biwa pearls, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Joan Watkins, 1993.78.5
“After the functional aspect, the object itself must have a feeling of rightness. There must be a kind of intensity to it.” Artist quoted in Craft Horizons, November/December 1961
Bangles reflects Merry Renk’s taste for pearls and 14-karat yellow gold, and her preference, in the 1960s, for heavily encrusted surfaces. The “bangles” of hanging gold and Biwa pearls that only the wearer can see express the artist’s idea that the wearer completes the jewelry through her experience of it. The bangles and pearls become a secret pleasure for her alone.
- ca. 1967
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- Not on view.
1 1/4 x 5/8 x 5/8 in. (3.2 x 1.7 x 1.7 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Joan Watkins
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- sawn, fused, and soldered 14k gold with biwa pearls
- Dress – accessory – jewelry
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