Keith Lewis, Dead Souls Neckpiece

What Makes Keith Lewis’s Necklace Art Jewelry?

DOCUMENT POLITICAL OR SOCIAL MOMENTS. Lewis makes use of anxious, electroformed fragile bird-like types as proxies to evoke reminiscences of mates he had fallen sick with AIDS.

Keith Lewis, Useless Souls Collar, 1992, chrome steel, 14-karat gold plate, sulfur liver patina, 9 13/16 inch (250 mm) diameter, Museum of Arts and Design, New York; The Ron Porter and Joe Value assortment, courtesy of the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; picture courtesy of the artist

The virus itself is represented as pure and inviolable, each because the clasp of the necklace and by connecting the rings.and as a compartment or locket to comprise something that may match… By grading the scale of skull-like typesevoking medieval plague masksThe sequence represents each the exhaustion of the person attributable to sickness and the unfold of the illness from individual to individual. The within of the coin accommodates an excerpt from 19.pearlNineteenth-century French poet Gerard de Nerval: “Ou sont nos amoureuses? Elles sont au tombeau.” (“The place are our lovers? They’re within the graves.”) —Keith Lewis

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