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On display on Level 1

Nora FOK

Hong Kong born 1953

Twenty-fifth, neckpiece 2009 Place made: England
Materials & Technique: jewellery, necklaces, knitted clear nylon, pearls nylon: knitted; pearls

Dimensions: 15.0 diameter
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2013
Accession No: NGA 2013.4841

Crossing the fields and techniques of jewellery and textiles by knitting, plaiting and knotting with nylon microfilament, Nora Fok builds jewellery of breathtaking lightness and delicacy, but with hidden tensile strength, flexibility and durability. While expanding the definition of jewellery, this work links to its long tradition of the use of stranded pearls, 25 of which are encapsulated within the sprung, tubular filament structure. Its form suggests marine organisms and the spiral structure of nacreous molluscs and bivalves, while the endless circular loop of its construction hints at the meditative and devotional purpose of the rosary.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design