October Necklace

  • Jennifer Trask, October Necklace, 2002, 18k royal gold, 18k green gold, 14k palladium, 22k gold with swallowtail, monarch, queen, and silvery checkerspot butterfly wings; yellow soil from Verona, Italy and Spain; red soil from Arizona; ring-necked pheasant feathers; guinea fowl feathers; iron , Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Renwick Acquisitions Fund, 2003.19

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Jennifer Trask invites the viewer to discover unexpected beauty in October Necklace. She conjures the displays of a European Wunderkammer (cabinet of wonders) or a Victorian collection, isolating minerals, insect wings, and feathers and placing them under glass in locket-sized cases. By focusing on the formal qualities of a material, Trask transforms natural specimens into abstract studies of color or texture.

Title
October Necklace
Artist
Date
2002
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
20 7/8 x 1 1/4 x 3/8 in. (53.0 x 3.2 x 0.8 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Renwick Acquisitions Fund

Mediums
Mediums Description
18k royal gold, 18k green gold, 14k palladium, 22k gold with swallowtail, monarch, queen, and silvery checkerspot butterfly wings; yellow soil from Verona, Italy and Spain; red soil from Arizona; ring-necked pheasant feathers; guinea fowl feathers; iron
Classifications
Keywords
  • Dress – accessory – jewelry
Object Number
2003.19
Palette
Linked Open Data
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