Earl Pardon, Necklace, ca. 1976, jasper, coral, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Eugene Kaplan in memory of Pearl Rappaport Kaplan, a Renwick Gallery docent from 1981 to 1991 and museum purchase through the Renwick Acquisitions Fund, 1992.6
Earl Pardon’s Necklace integrates fine art and jewelry. In the 1970s he turned away from enamel in his jewelry making and began to assemble gold, ivory, coral, jasper, and painted wood into abstract collages. He saw jewelry as portable art and felt that it was as important as painting or sculpture despite its smaller scale. Inspired by African tribal dance figures and composed of several parts, each designed to move independently, Necklace responds to the slightest movement of the wearer.
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“Surprise, I believe, is of primary importance. It is the ingredient most sought after; the driving force in the act of investigation; it is the sense of wonderment; the nourishment that perpetuates present and future efforts.” Artist quoted in Earl Pardon, Aaron Faber Gallery
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13 7/8 x 1 3/4 x 3/8 in. (35.1 x 4.6 x 0.9 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Eugene Kaplan in memory of Pearl Rappaport Kaplan, a Renwick Gallery docent from 1981 to 1991 and museum purchase through the Renwick Acquisitions Fund
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