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Brooch: Artery Series 2004

Dorothy Hogg (born 1945, Troon, Scotland, UK)

Brooch: Artery Series
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Dorothy Hogg studied first at Glasgow School of Art and then at the Royal College of Art in London, graduating as Master of Design in 1970. Hogg has devoted her life to teaching, in Glasgow, Dundee and since 1985, in the Department of Jewellery and Silversmithing at Edinburgh College of Art where she was awarded a personal Chair in 2004. She has been a tremendously influential teacher – her students regularly win prestigious prizes and several of her pupils are now established jewellers. For this achievement she was awarded an MBE in 2001. Hogg is also a highly respected artist-jeweller in her own right. She was short-listed for the Jerwood Applied Arts Prize for Jewellery in 2000. Her work is elegant, austere and thoughtful, focusing on the wearer. The jewels are modernist in inspiration; clean, confident, with an engaging geometric simplicity. She is also attracted by the concept of the jewel interacting with the human body as it moves, and involving the senses of sight, sound and touch. In this particular piece of work she combines the cool colour and surface of oxidised silver with the textural warmth of red felt. Although apparently two-dimensional, the brooch is lifted by the felt-filled ‘heads’, an intimate feature chiefly designed for the wearer as she looks down at the brooch pinned to her body. The brooch comes from the Artery Series, which reflects Hogg's current concerns with health and breathing, emphasised by the brachial forms contained within the outer circle. Although not overtly narrative this brooch speaks to us, through the very simplicity of its approach to deep and complex issues

Acquisition Details

Acquired from The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, 2004
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland which was originated and operated 2003-2006 by the Contemporary Art Society and supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.
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