Earlier this year I received a very exciting opportunity in the form of an invitation (along with a handful of other great artists) to propose a design to the SFMOMA Museum Store in honor of their grand re-opening. The main parameter for the piece was that it had to be inspired by the work of an artist in the museum's permanent collection. From there I was given a list of names to investigate further.
One of the artists on that list, Richard Diebenkorn, has been an inspiration for me for a very long time. I have always found his use of volume, color, and line to be particularly engaging. Above are images of his series "Six Soft Ground Etchings". These particular pieces have always spoken to me for some reason. Maybe it's the subtle line work or the slight texture/smudges of the soft ground being lifted on accident while drawing... This became my starting point for the "Inspired Project"
Lots of screen printed test pieces, sketching, and sawing later my homage to Diebenkorn in the form of necklace was finished. The limited edition of 10 necklaces are now available at the SF MOMA Museum Store. The Museum officially reopens its doors May 14th. Stop by, check out the great new building, and take a peek at the great work on display!