"Citron Cascade Ruffle" neckpiece

Necklace

American
2009
Elise Winters (American, born 1947)


Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 22.9 x 20.3 x 2.5 cm (9 x 8 x 1 in.)

Accession Number

2010.354

Medium or Technique

Polymer clay, acrylic paint, and acrylic glaze

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art, Jewelry

Classifications

Necklaces and neck bands

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.

Markings

Impressed three vertical lines and two horizontal lines (stylized EW) on reverse.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Gift of Aaron Winters

Copyright

Reproduced with permission.