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“Forked Tongue Earrings” - Tom Muir, in collaboration with Daman and Marie Thompson

“Forked Tongue Earrings” - Tom Muir, in collaboration with Daman and Marie Thompson

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“Forked Tongue Earrings” - Tom Muir, in collaboration with Daman and Marie Thompson

 

@heidilowegallery

Materials

sterling silver, turquoise, powder coat

Dimensions

3.8 x 1.5 x 1.5”

Artist Statement

These earrings, Forked Tongue, pay tribute to the history of broken promises made to the Native American tribes and communities under the US government. While referring most recently to the broken promise to pay the artists who made these buttons, as they deserved for their work, the Forked Tongue earrings also evoke the breaking of treaties with native peoples throughout the colonization of North America. The use of the earring format suggests the power of false speech or lies to mislead the hearer. Red and turquoise have been used in homage to the typical coral and turquoise colors of southwestern Native American jewelry.

Artist bio:
Tom Muir is Distinguished Professor of the Arts at Bowling Green State University, where he is head of the Jewelry and Metalsmithing area in the School of Art. He received his MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington, and his BFA degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta. Mr. Muir has lectured and taught widely, holding positions at universities and craft schools around the country. His award-winning work has been published and exhibited extensively in art, craft and design exhibitions. Collections include the Art Institute of Chicago, Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution and The White House Collection of American Crafts, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. He is the recipient of an Arts Midwest/National Endowment for the Arts Regional Artist Fellowship, Michigan Council for the Arts Fellowship, and numerous Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship Awards. In 2009, Tom received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Ohio Designer Craftsmen for having made a major contribution to craft in Ohio.

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