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ENDURING SPLENDOR OF INDIA

Ornament, in partnership with the Fowler Museum at UCLA, reviews the culture of adornment and jewelry in India, focusing on the states of Rajasthan and Gujarat in the Thar Desert Region.

 
From birth to death, jewels form an essential part of samskaras, or rite-of-passage rituals in India. Marriage, pregnancy, the birth of a child—each significant life event is commemorated with special jewelry.
 

FEATURE

BARBARA MANN

Barbara Mann explores both the macro and the micro as she makes work that interprets cell biology and the cosmos. A graduate of the University of Georgia’s craft programs, Mann uses silver, gold and unusual semiprecious gems as components in forming her narrative pieces.

FEATURE

THE GAUSSOIN FAMILY

Headed by Connie Tsosie-Gaussoin, who pioneered as a female Native silversmith and raised four children in the arts, the Gaussoin family each have their own creative paths. Jerry Jr. was influenced by Navajo and Pueblo metalsmithing, tempered by his experiences while serving in the Army; Wayne Nez favors non-conventional materials; David increasingly addresses the entire body; and daughter Tazbah has a degree in museum studies, models and weaves. Family and community are a vital part of their lives as artists.


 

FEATURE

JULIE POWELL

Virginia Dudley was a modernist artist who worked in many media, but was best known for her award-winning enamels during the 1950s. While Dudley’s life is not well-documented, what is known of her history is a fascinating study of an artist passionate about her vocation.

 

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