Blooms, Efflorescence, and Other Dermatological Embellishments (Cystic Acne, Back)

  • Lauren Kalman, Blooms, Efflorescence, and Other Dermatological Embellishments (Cystic Acne, Back), 2009, gold-plated silver acupuncture needles embellished with semi-precious stones and freshwater pearls, imitation leather, stainless steel tweezers and inkjet print, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Rotasa Foundation, 2013.63A-B, © 2009, Lauren Kalman

Exhibition Label

Kalman's Blooms... is at once beautiful and shocking, subverting jewelry's traditional function as adornment to instead evoke illness and deformity. For this work, the artist drove pins mounted with semiprecious stones into her back in patterns copied from medical photographs of cystic acne. Through the process, which she documents from insertion to completion, Kalman challenges the often patriarchal and consumer culture that surrounds the jewelry tradition.

Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery, 2019

Title
Blooms, Efflorescence, and Other Dermatological Embellishments (Cystic Acne, Back)
Artist
Date
2009
Location
Dimensions
A: each image: 8 5/8 x 17 3/8 in. (21.9 x 44.1 cm) sheet: 25 3/4 x 25 7/8 in. (65.4 x 65.7 cm) B: 8 x 8 x 2 1/2 in. (20.3 x 20.3 x 6.4 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Rotasa Foundation

Mediums Description
gold-plated silver acupuncture needles embellished with semi-precious stones and freshwater pearls, imitation leather, stainless steel tweezers and inkjet print
Classifications
Keywords
  • Dress – accessory – jewelry
Object Number
2013.63A-B
Palette
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