Paisley

necklace

1998
Kiff Slemmons (American, born in 1944)


Object Place: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 22.9 x 18.4 x 0.6 cm (9 x 7 1/4 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

2006.527

Medium or Technique

Wooden rulers, silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art, Jewelry

Classifications

Necklaces and neck bands

Pieces of wood ruler set in oxidized silver links of varying shapes designed to give over-all paisley effect. Further highlighted by open and closed circular elements.


In her work, Kiff Slemmons mixes forged and cast components with “found” objects such as typewriter keys, pencils, and rulers. Her interest in instruments of writing and communication reflect a childhood spent at her father’s printing press as well as her belief in jewelry’s ability to present narratives. Slemmons writes that “my materials, often referred to as ‘found,’ are above all ideas-ideas proposed and examined through evolving bodies of work … rather than individual pieces intended as ends in themselves.”

Provenance

Mobilia Gallery; Daphne Farago, May 15, 1998; to MFA, 2006, gift of Daphne Farago.

Credit Line

The Daphne Farago Collection

Copyright

© 2007 Kiff Slemmons