Zagreb, Yugoslavia born 1942
Noughts and crosses
2000 Description: Necklace
Place made: Elsternwick, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: jewellery, necklaces, 925 silver, bone, mother of pearl, 18 carat gold, magnet, epoxy 925 silver, bone, mother of pearl, 18 karat gold, magnet, epoxy
Viliama Grakalic's jewellery is characterised by her use of symbols and graphic imagery. In this large necklace, with its loose construction of circles and the noughts and crosses of the popular game, she turns the body into a site for the random distribution of marks and gestures. While the game is associated with killing time, Grakalic's construction of these shapes in mother-of-pearl reminds us of the slow growth of this precious material and the equally painstaking way it was cut for use in commemorative jewellery and souvenirs in the past.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra