Graphite Pendulum-Pendant

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In Graphite Pendulum-Pendant, Joan Parcher reminds the viewer that one person’s trash is another’s treasure. Instead of traditional gemstones or precious metals, the artist uses materials gathered from a dump. Her works challenge the notion of preciousness and the tradition of jewelry as ornament. The pendant sways on the wearer’s body, smearing a dark stain across the chest and making the wearer a part of the artwork. The piece continually disintegrates as the material scrapes the surface of the clothing, shattering our idea of jewelry as a precious heirloom.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Joan Parcher, born Pittsburgh, PA 1956
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Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Renwick Acquisitions Fund
graphite, sterling silver, and stainless steel
13 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (34.3 x 21.6 x 3.8 cm.)
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Renwick Gallery
Decorative Arts-Jewelry
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