The Property of A Lady: An Impressive Emerald and Diamond Lavaliere
Shaved graphite and metallic powder, acrylic medium, and graphite wash on vellum, 36” x 23 3/4”. In "The Property of A Lady," the titles are taken from various estate auction sales. The description and pedigree of the sale objects has as much presence as the actual jewels as well as its anonymous owner. It is a drawing of feminine persona, an anonymous wealthy person whose material inheritance is representing her identity. In this context, colonial reference also comes to mind. These jewels are made from precious stones procured through empirical expansions. The stones, some famous with legend or lore, were acquired through wars, military conquests, and trading, changing hands from kingdoms in the Subcontinent, Africa, Europe and the New World.