Allegories of Jewelry #31

Bruce Metcalf


Bala Cynwyd, PA, United States

3 1/2 x 2 1/4 inches

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Photo credit: Bruce Metcalf

This brooch is from a new series titled “Allegories of Jewelry.” They are about four fundamental attributes of wearable jewelry: Relationship to the Body; Deorativeness; Eroticism; and Relationship to Touch. Together, these four qualities define the power of jewelry: its special abilities to move us emotionally and inform us intellectually. Each attribute is symbolized by a particular type of object. For instance, the body is represented by images of nude figures from Greek and Roman sculpture. By mixing and matching symbols, I have inexhaustible lexicon to talk about jewelry itself.

Bruce Metcalf received a BFA from Syracuse University in 1972 and an MFA from Tyler School of Art in 1977. He has been awarded two NEA Visual Artists Fellowships, three Ohio Arts Council Fellowships, a Fulbright Teaching and Research Fellowship, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. His jewelry has been shown in more than 400 exhibitions worldwide.

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