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ornamentalhands1a Ornamental Hands:
Figure One

sterling silver, acrylic, inkjet print on vellum
15" x 8.5" x 5.5"

Permanent Collection, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Ornamental Hands: Figure One is the first of a series that reinforces long held standards of beauty by recreating the elegant hand positions seen in artworks throughout the centuries. Each work consists of attachments for the fingers that are suspended by chains and braced on the wrist, positioning the hand marionette-style. A play on precious jewelry, the real decorative ornament is the gestures these bracelets encourage the wearer to assume. The splint-like aesthetic of the works also plays with the idea of training the hand to rest in this graceful manner. Like corsets and other restrictive beauty aids, Ornament Hands is yet another extreme tool for beauty. When not worn, the pieces mount onto displays depicting details from the historic paintings that inspired them.

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