Heart of Gold, Female #2

Copied Jon Eric Riis, Heart of Gold, Female #2, 2002, tapestry woven silk and metallic thread with custom mount, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Jerome A. and Deena L. Kaplan Collection, 2021.49.1

Artwork Details

Title
Heart of Gold, Female #2
Date
2002
Dimensions
overall: 29 in. × 66 58 in. × 2 12 in. (73.7 × 169.2 × 6.4 cm) mount (hanging rod): 71 38 × 2 14 in. (181.3 × 5.7 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of the Jerome A. and Deena L. Kaplan Collection
Mediums
Mediums Description
tapestry woven silk and metallic thread with custom mount
Classifications
Keywords
  • Emblem — heart
Object Number
2021.49.1

Artwork Description

What do we express to the world with our clothing—our second skin? And what do we conceal?


Clothes offer a protective barrier, and they also tell others more about our unique selves. Tapestry artist John Eric Riis depicts the exterior of a woman’s chest on a shimmering silk coat to imply her heart of gold. And yet, the interior reveals just the vulnerable viscera, bones, and muscles of a human body.


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