Choker (#38)

  • Mary Lee Hu, Choker (#38), 1978, fine and sterling silver, 18k and 24k gold, and lacquered copper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James Renwick Alliance, 1985.22

Mary Lee Hu wove together silver, gold, and copper in Choker (#38) to form a massive yet delicate neckpiece. Hu expertly wove the metal by hand, using her finger as her primary tool. It is tedious work, and can take hours to complete only a few inches of woven metal; Hu, however, enjoys the slow, meditative process. She loves pattern, rhythm and symmetry, and is inspired by organic forms, including sea creatures and veins in leaves. The flowing, subtly asymmetrical forms in Choker (#38) evoke leaves or feathers, and seem to sprout from the core of the piece.

My work takes a long time to do … But I really like to see it slowly growing … I feel strongly that one form is related to what is next to it; forms flow one into another.” Mary Lee Hu in Ornament 6:31983
Title
Choker (#38)
Artist
Date
1978
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
9 586 1278 in. (24.516.62.3 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the James Renwick Alliance

Mediums
Mediums Description
fine and sterling silver, 18k and 24k gold, and lacquered copper
Classifications
Keywords
  • Dress – accessory – jewelry
Object Number
1985.22
Palette
Linked Open Data
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