Neckpiece

  • Frances Jenkins Pickens, Neckpiece, 1978, garnet, silver, gold, pearl, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Anne Wall Thomas in honor of Frances and Alex Pickens, 1998.69

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In Neckpiece, Frances Pickens seeks to integrate the visual language of diverse cultures, the natural world, and her inner emotions into her sculptural jewelry. Reminiscent of an archaeological artifact, the colorful, jagged pendant implies a human presence and a passage of time that contrasts sharply with the smooth, cold, polished metal of the neckpiece.

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“Generally silver and copper are my favorites and my favorite technique as a general group would be called fabrication, which involves forging, bending, sawing, hammering, soldering, building the metal.” Artist, interviewed in Honolulu Academy of the Arts Calendar News, November 1991

Title
Neckpiece
Artists
Date
1978
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
10 3/4 x 6 5/8 x 1 1/8 in. (27.3 x 16.8 x 2.9 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Anne Wall Thomas in honor of Frances and Alex Pickens

Mediums
Classifications
Object Number
1998.69
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URL
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