Wearable Sculpture

Russian-American sculptor Ibram Lassaw began experimenting with jewelry in 1951. In a 1987 interview, he elaborated on his approach to what he referred to as his "bosom sculptures": "I prefer to think of them as wearable sculpture. They reflect the general direction of my sculpture, being asymmetrical and irregular. Each piece is developed without making drawings or plans but welded directly in bronze. My primary interest is in the color and texture of the metal and the stones, and not so much in its intrinsic value."