Charm and Weight

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Artist: Katie Pell, American, 1965-2019
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Wood, with paint
228 x 396in (579.1 x 1005.8cm)
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Museum purchase with funds from Rick Liberto, The Smothers Foundation, Lori and Joel Dunlap, Chris Hill and Lachlan Miles, and Guillermo Nicolas and Jim Foster
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For centuries charm bracelets have marked for the wearer important experiences and have been thought to ward off evil spirits. For San Antonio artist Katie Pell, creating a larger-than-life charm bracelet allowed her to confront interpersonal histories with her father and her maturation as a person. Pell’s choice to tremendously enlarge what is typically a small piece of jewelry compels the viewer to closely examine the importance of the bracelet and each charm.
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