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Collection Art-2D Collection
Catalog Number 2015.1.20
Object Name Print
Description "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 object, I chose to create a print also using hair as an expression of labor, commitment, and obligation .
Title Perfect Works, from the portfolio Drawn from the McClung Museum
Date 2014
Role of Creator Artist
Creator Murphy-Price, Althea
Medium ink
Material paper
Technique lithograph
Dimensions H-20 W-15 inches
Credit line Gift of the artist
Subjects Lithographs
Hair
Body
Victorian
Death
Mourning
Jewelry
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