Kiki Na Art
Mary Cassatt Necklace, 2019
Hand painted acrylic, photograph, resin
Dimensions 100 x 90 mm
This necklace celebrates the American painter and printmaker, Mary Cassatt (May 22, 1844 – June 14, 1926) Cassatt was an impressionist painter, who depicted the lives of women, especially the special bond between mother and child. She travelled extensively as a child, and was probably exposed to the works of the great masters at the World’s fair in Paris in 1855. Other artist’s, such as Degas and Pissarro, would later become her mentors and fellow painters. She began studying art seriously at the age of 15, at a time when only around twenty percent of all arts students were female. Unlike many of the other female students, she was determined to make art her career, rather than just a social skill.
Dublin born artist Ciarna Pham, who works under the name Kiki Na Art, is the creator of these unique pieces of handcrafted jewellery. The stunning one of a kind pieces are made for the individual and no two pieces are ever the same. To compliment the Desire exhibition at IMMA, Kiki Na Art has produced a collection of unique jewellery and wall pieces based on women artists in the museum collection.