Nine female artists with
Brauner’s organdy arm cuffs, machine-embroidered
fabrics with digital photographic prints of Chinese language and culture, hang
seven in a line. Titled Good Walls of
Catherine Clark Gilbertson presents a series of neckpieces. Akanthos, a fine silver collar, decorates folded acanthus leaves with bas-relief, creating a peculiarly stunning choker. Wearing this would be like adorning your body with the carefully scrolled end of a classical Corinthian column.
Wit and irony inhabit the work of several artists. Hai-Chi Jihn’s A Lady Would Never Leave Home Without Her Ring presents the perfect kiss in the form of a ring adorned with a pursed pair of molded lips made of 24-karat gold, polyurethane and copper. Pearl Necklace VIII by Yevgeniya Kaganovich is made of freshwater pearls secreted between pieces of latex that are strung together to form an innovative pearl strand.
All of these peculiar ornaments defy preconceived expectations of adornment and are displayed to their best advantage by the MWA until July 13.