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Virgil Ortiz Wild Spinach Front Back Post Earrings
Item #42341
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Created for the Smithsonian by award-winning Cochiti Pueblo artist Virgil Ortiz, these striking Virgil Ortiz Wild Spinach Front Back Post Earrings are a celebration of the wild spinach plant which Cochiti potters have used to make their distinctive black paint. The stylized leaf-and-bud, wild spinach motif of these Virgil Ortiz Front Back Post Earrings is also a design element of Virgil’s family. Sterling silver with post backs. Handmade in the U.S.A. Gift boxed.
These Virgil Ortiz Wild Spinach Front Back Post Earrings 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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