Janna Syvänoja's jewelry emits a strong graphic quality as well as a fragility transmitted by its loose sculptural constructions. In this necklace, each slice of a book bears the same footprint, and when fanned out, the individual shapes are accentuated by their placement. The surface patterns on the piece—a common decorative device of Syvänoja's—are made by the printed words on the pages. Syvänoja manipulates her materials without preparatory sketches to determine the composition. Instead, she prefers to experiment with structure and form. Drills, fretsaws, glue, and a sewing machine are the tools Syvänoja employs to achieve her desired effects. The purpose of her work is to comment on recycling and the ecological fragility of the environment. She has said that she wants "to continue the life span of material, to bring forth what had once existed, and to demonstrate new connections. My works are prolonged moments. They ask the viewer to see the beauty of everyday life and to accept the marks made by time."


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Artist
Janna Syvänoja, Finnish, born 1960
Title
Necklace
Date
1994
Medium
Book paper, steel wire, cloth board, and fiber cord
Dimensions
Overall: 13 1/2 × 14 3/4 × 3/16 in. (34.3 × 37.5 × 0.5 cm)
Credit Line

Helen Williams Drutt Collection, museum purchase funded by the Design Council, 2003

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
2002.4119
Classification
Jewelry & Adornment
Provenance

The artist; acquired by Helen Williams Drutt English, 1992; purchased by MFAH, 2002.