Brooch 2003

Anna Gordon (born 1971, St Andrews, Scotland, UK)

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Anna Gordon works predominantly in precious metal, particularly oxidised silver, 18ct gold and platinum. She bases many of her brooches on linear forms to create volume and structure and to reflect the qualities of the drawn line. Each idea begins as a drawing, but the pieces are constructed by hand and retain spontaneity whilst conforming to the rigours of geometry. The jewels are quietly confident, influenced by minimalist principles and designed to act as sculptural forms on the body. The solidity of the human form contrasts completely to the fine subtlety of the linear forms. These concepts are exemplified by the grid formation of this brooch, created from fine lengths of wire. Here she explores the rhythm of line and geometry counterbalanced by moving elements of delicate ribbon-like loop flowers. This repetition of pattern and movement contained within a tightly controlled frame or structure is one of the hallmarks of her jewellery

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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