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Arline FISCH

United States of America born 1931

Egyptian dream 1996 Description: collar
Place made: San Diego, California, United States of America
Materials & Technique: jewellery, neckpieces, fine and sterling silver, 18 carat gold, black onyx, pearls fine and sterling silver, 18 karat gold, black onyx, pearls

Dimensions: 14.0 w x 3.0 d 33.0 diameter cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2005
Accession No: NGA 2005.300

Egyptian dream developed from the Woven gold series that Arline Fisch began in the late 1980s, in which she used flattened gold, silver and platinum wire woven into large forms for the body. Drawing from earlier influences of Inca and pre-Columbian woven metal jewellery, she increased the size of her jewellery to costume scale and refined her textile techniques to incorporate weave structures, such as twill and herringbone patterns. Despite their scale and being made from metals, Fisch’s works are wearable and flexible, with practical clasps and fastenings. This commanding work draws from the formal traditions of ceremonial and traditional costume, using framing devices that allow the head to appear isolated from the body. This elevation of the face is further emphasised by the stylistic device of the staircase, wrought in miniature at the throat, while the use of onyx and pearls as devices to hold the pleating in place further hints at the restrictiveness and implied eroticism of this work

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