Graphite Pendulum-Pendant

  • Joan Parcher, Graphite Pendulum-Pendant, 1994, graphite, silver, steel, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Renwick Acquisitions Fund, 1995.12

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In Graphite Pendulum-Pendant, Joan Parcher reminds the viewer that one person’s trash is another’s treasure. Instead of traditional gemstones or precious metals, the artist uses materials gathered from a dump. Her works challenge the notion of preciousness and the tradition of jewelry as ornament. The pendant sways on the wearer’s body, smearing a dark stain across the chest and making the wearer a part of the artwork. The piece continually disintegrates as the material scrapes the surface of the clothing, shattering our idea of jewelry as a precious heirloom.

Title
Graphite Pendulum-Pendant
Artists
Date
1994
On View
Dimensions
13 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (34.3 x 21.6 x 3.8 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Renwick Acquisitions Fund

Mediums
Classifications
Object Number
1995.12
Palette
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