The Strength Within
Gayle Saunders (American, born in 1951)
Object Place: High Falls, New York
Overall: 9.5 x 1 cm (3 3/4 x 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
18 kt yellow gold with 14 kt pink, green, and white golds and steel
Not On View
Steel circular frame enclosing an irregularly-shaped multi-colored gold square with raised center. Gold element is attached to frame by multi-strand gold wires.
The rough edges and irregular tears in the gold sheet result from the maker’s process of fusing different types of gold and rolling them through a mill. According the artist on May 27, 2010: “18 kt yellow gold is fused with 14 kt green and white golds and then rolled through a rolling mill–the resulting ‘sheet’ of patterned gold has fissures and tears that are a result of the stresses created by putting the unevenly fused surface through the rolling mill. The piece is then formed and fabricated, an acid finish creates a fire scale on the white gold, rendering it black.”
Applied plaque on back is engraved "SAUNDERS" and "18k" and "14k".
Gayle Saunders; Daphne Farago, April 15, 1993 Daphne Farago; to MFA, 2006, gift of Daphne Farago.
The Daphne Farago Collection
Reproduced with permission.