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Maker: Jamie Bennett, American, born 1948

Mosaic Scenarios 10

2006

Enamel and 18-karat gold

2 1/8 × 2 1/4 × 1/4 in. (5.398 × 5.715 × 0.635 cm)
Janet and Simeon Braguin Fund
2008.42.1
Jamie Bennett creates matte surfaces that have a depth and textural richness that challenges one’s expectations of enamel. The repeated firings necessary to build up the layered surfaces require a tremendous level of skill and control. The reverse of Mosaic Scenarios 10 is solid gold pierced by eight circular holes, through which can be glimpsed areas of bright blue enamel. Such elements underscore a paradox in Bennett’s work: he conceives of brooches as three-dimensional objects although they appear flat when worn, with only the wearer privy to the hidden side. This duality affirms the physical and emotional intimacy of jewelry. Bennett’s imagery, as seen in Mosaic Scenarios 10, is based on abstractions of the natural world; vegetal forms evoke botanical prints yet are purposely detached from any direct references, thus creating a hermetic world of color and pattern. Bennett knowingly engages the long history of floral imagery in jewelry and design to create a new decorative language of his own.
Geography: 
Made in Stone Ridge, New York
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
American
Period: 
21st century
Classification: 
Jewelry
Provenance: 

Sienna Gallery, Lenox, MA

Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions, July 1, 2007–June 30, 2008,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2008): 174.

Jeannine Falino, Edge of the Sublime: Enamels by Jamie Bennett, exh. cat. (New York: Hudson Hills Press, 2008), 94, no. 83, fig. Plate 60.

Elizabeth Frankl, “review of Edge of the Sublime: Enamels by Jamie Bennett,” Ornament 31, no. 3 (2008): 71, ill.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.