Abstract Silver NecklaceKathy (Elk Woman) Whitman
An innovative and multi-talented artist, she paints, sculpts in stone and welded steel, and makes jewelry and clothing.
At the same Santa Fe Indian Market, she won first-place ribbons in all four of these categories!
Committed to preserving the earth, as well as her culture, she is an avid recycler in her art, as well as in life.
She says, “I’m inspired to be an active participant in the upkeep of Mother Earth by contributing to her healing through the art that I create. By using materials, that are byproducts…for my medium.”
This dazzling abstract necklace is created out of scraps of silver, left over from other projects, and transformed into a piece of wearable sculpture.
A flowing abstraction, the design defies a definitive description, beyond “mesmerizing” and “unique”.
It is entirely abstract, but the emotion behind this piece, as in all of Kathy’s work, is love and gratitude: love of the earth, her Northern Plains heritage, her children and grandchildren; gratitude for all that the universe has blessed her with.
Even though it is abstract, notice how the center pendant forms a subtle, irregular heart shape!
Every bit of this necklace is hand made, of sterling silver, including every single link on that chain.
Each tiny piece of silver has been hand-soldered to others, to form the gleaming, layered and textured whole.
The necklace can be worn as a choker, about 14-18 inches in length, but also as a longer necklace, of up to 20 inches long.
This versatility allows you to adjust its length according to different necklines.
Linking her passions with her art, Kathy says, “I want to inspire people to reuse, reduce and recycle as well as being proactive in taking care of the sacred Mother Earth.”
In this fascinating necklace, her mission, her esthetic, and her passion have fused into lasting beauty.