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Tone VIGELAND | Necklace

Norway 6.8.1938
Necklace 2001
105.0 (h) cm
Lent by Tone Vigeland, courtesy Gallleri Riis
Photographer: Guri Dahl

Tone Vigeland’s works are sensuous objects, in which the rigidity of metal has been transformed into unexpectedly pliant, weighty structures. To wear one of her necklaces is to be made constantly aware of its physicality, its pleasant heaviness, and its intimate adaptation to the wearer’s form and movement. Vigeland works with a rigorously disciplined repertoire of materials, usually restricted to oxidised silver in jewellery, or lead and steel in sculpture. Every object has a thematic component: a little square, a sliver of metal, a tiny pod or, as in this necklace, a small irregular bead. Each element is individually made by hand, resulting in endless subtle variations of shape, surface and edge. Many hundreds of these individual elements are then worked together, growing the form through a rhythmic process of accretion and assembly. These are poetic objects, suggestive of the dramatic Nordic landscape or of the glimmer of frost on an icy morning. EKB

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