In the Mountains

  • Kim Rawdin, In the Mountains, 2001, fabricated, hollow-formed, soldered, cut, and inlaid 18k and 22k gold, chrysoprase, lapis lazuli, red coral, blue chalcedony, black jade, and petrified palm, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Linda and Donald Schlenger and museum purchase through the Renwick Acquisitions Fund, 2002.27

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Kim Rawdin’s design for In the Mountains came from the aerial perspective in mythological Dreamtime paintings by Australia’s Aborigines. The pure colors of the polished stones evoke the immensity of Ayer’s Rock, the Australian sky and sea, and the resilient grasses and trees of the inland plains. The poem stamped on the inside of the bracelet---as brief as a Japanese haiku---clarifies the artist’s emotional interpretation of the land:

I MOMENTARILY STOP

AND SEE MYSELF

UNKNOWN AND UNDEFINED

FREE FROM THE MOVIES . . .

Title
In the Mountains
Artist
Date
2001
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
2 1/2 x 3 1/4 x 1 3/4 in. (6.2 x 8.2 x 4.6 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Linda and Donald Schlenger and museum purchase through the Renwick Acquisitions Fund

Mediums
Mediums Description
fabricated, hollow-formed, soldered, cut, and inlaid 18k and 22k gold, chrysoprase, lapis lazuli, red coral, blue chalcedony, black jade, and petrified palm
Classifications
Object Number
2002.27
Palette
Linked Open Data
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