Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: The Museum Year 2010

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David and Roberta Logie Department of Textile and Fashion Arts: July 2009–June 2010

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"Citron Cascade Ruffle" neckpiece

Elise Winters
Height x width x depth: 22.9 x 20.3 x 2.5 cm (9 x 8 x 1 in.)
Polymer clay, acrylic paint, and acrylic glaze

Classification: Jewelry / Adornment

Culture: American

Accession number: 2010.354

Description: This neckpiece is an example of a technique the artist developed and calls "crazed acrylic." She states, "I begin by painting the unbaked polymer with acrylics. Metallic and custom formulated interference paints and glazes allow me to create shimmering surfaces with subtle color shifts. Once the paint dries, it becomes a brittle skin. With specially designed tools, I score and etch the hardened paint. then I manipulate and stretch the soft raw clay beneath, revealing a fine network of cracks in the painted surface." This neckpiece as created from large sheets of variegated colored polymer wrapped and layered around a gray core. Then it was hand formed by pushing and pulling out each ruffle. Substantial armatures and braces support the piece during the curing process. The "Ruffle" series began as a bracelet form in 2007.

Provenance/Ownership History: The artist; July 2009, sold by the artist to her brother, Aaron Winters, Rochester, NY; 2010, gift of Mr. Winters to the MFA. (Accession date: May 19, 2010)

Gift of Aaron Winters