"Perfect Works," 2014, from the portfolio "Drawn from the McClung Museum," lithograph by Althea Murphy-Price. Edition: 1/30.
Designed in response to McClung Museum object: 1981.5.62, Victorian necklace made of human hair.
Artist statement: Mourning jewelry, or hair work, was popular during the Victorian era, and used to make wreaths, rings, necklaces, and many other pieces of sentimental value using human hair. I have long found interest in hair's role as a signifier of human and cultural identity. I'm enticed by hair's complex form and amazed by the labor and skill that it took to create this intricate and beautiful piece of jewelry. To give equal importance to the material and objec