Spanish Saint

  • Spanish Saint
Spanish Saint
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Mixed Media

Beadwork is one of the oldest and most universal forms of expression and ornamentation.  Incorporated into masks, jewelry, and clothing in many ancient cultures, beads are still in wide use today in Africa and the Americas.

Mexican beadwork inspired Spanish Saint, a necklace by Joyce Scott that reveals an unexpected assembly of secular and religious artifacts.  Bright-colored beads, ribbons, charms, and hair barettes surround a central prayer card, typically worn around the neck in Hispanic cultures.  The work's intricate construction and engaging imagery typify the trend in contemporary art that blurs the distinctions between fine art and traditional craft.  Spanish Saint is a beautiful, spiritually charged object that speaks to different generations, cultures, and religions.

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