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Virgil Ortiz Wild Spinach Cuff Links
Item #48489
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Created for the Smithsonian by award-winning Cochiti Pueblo artist Virgil Ortiz, these handmade Virgil Ortiz Wild Spinach Cuff Links are a celebration of the wild spinach plant Cochiti potters have used to make their distinctive black paint. The layered leaf-and-bud motif of these Virgil Ortiz Wild Spinach Cuff Links reprise a design often featured in the pottery of Virgil’s grandmother and mother. Sterling silver. Handmade in the U.S.A. Gift boxed.
These Virgil Ortiz Wild Spinach Cuff Links reflect the intensely graphic designs of all of Ortiz’s creations—pottery, fashion, carpets, murals, and now jewelry. Informed by traditional Cochiti motifs—especially as expressed in the pottery of his grandmother and mother who taught him their craft—the designs of Ortiz’s handmade jewelry are adaptations of Cochiti artistic techniques and traditions, which it his mission to help preserve. The work of Ortiz was featured at the Smithsonian in the exhibition Virgil Ortiz: La Renaissance Indigène at our National Museum of the American Indian-New York, The George Gustav Heye Center.

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