Pierced Orchid

  • Jeff Wise, Pierced Orchid, 1996, fabricated 18k gold, red coral and sugilite, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Jane and Roger Batchelder, 1996.90

Luce Center Label

Pierced Orchid shows the artist’s interest in “an implied sense of motion and timelessness.” Jeff Wise prefers flowing, organic forms to architectural or industrial imagery and emphasizes “touch” as well as visual beauty in his work. Pierced Orchid combines sculpted gemstones cut by the artist with precious metal in a design that exhibits “an easy natural flow.”

Luce Object Quote

“I believe that the stones I carve, and the metals I heat, forge and shape have an inherent life force of their own.” Artist quoted by Aaron Faber Gallery, 2003

Title
Pierced Orchid
Artist
Date
1996
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
2 1/2 x 1 5/8 x 3/4 in. (6.4 x 4.2 x 2.0 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Jane and Roger Batchelder

Mediums
Mediums Description
fabricated 18k gold, red coral and sugilite
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – flower – orchid
  • Abstract
Object Number
1996.90
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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