Construction II (Brooch)

  • Deborah Aguado, Construction II (Brooch), ca. 1975, cast, hand-polished, and hand-finished sterling silver, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1975.145

Luce Center Label

Construction II is an example of architectonic jewelry, which means it has a design or structure that is characteristic of architecture. Deborah Aguado set tiny pieces of silver at different angles to create a three-dimensional geometric pattern that evokes a sense of scale, despite its small size.

Luce Object Quote

“[This piece] was an investigation of geometric formalism that I . . . was challenging myself to render in metal. It dealt with slipping, sliding, and alternating directions and other progressions.” Artist’s statement, 2004

Title
Construction II (Brooch)
Artist
Date
ca. 1975
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
1 3/4 x 1 3/4 in. (4.5 x 4.4 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums
Mediums Description
cast, hand-polished, and hand-finished sterling silver
Classifications
Object Number
1975.145
Palette
Linked Open Data
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