Viliama GRAKALIC, Noughts and crosses Enlarge 1 /1


Zagreb, Yugoslavia born 1942

  • Australia from 1963

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

Dimensions: 50.0 h x 30.0 w x 0.4 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.6

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