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Gogo Logo Necklace, 1990
 
 

Gogo Logo Necklace, 1990

Made by Henry Vo, 1990–2011; Vitor Toniolo, 2011–2012; Abel Jacob and David Ciralsky, 2012–present
Sterling silver, 14-karat gold, and Bali beads

The rattlesnake, and more specifically its bones, is indelibly linked with Gogo's jewelry designs. Around 1978 Gogo began the design of her iconic logo: three rattlesnake ribs curving in on each side with a vertebra in the center. Originally created out of found bones, Gogo went on to cast the logo in both gold and silver to create a more durable, elegant version.

Gogo Ferguson - Boar's Tusk Necklace
Boar's Tusk Necklace, 1986-1988
Made by Gogo Ferguson, 1986-1988
Boar tusk and sterling silver beads
Deidra Smith Collection
Gogo: Nature Transformed explores the role the natural environment plays in shaping the jewelry and home wares created by Georgia designer Janet "Gogo" Ferguson. Cumberland Island, the southernmost barrier island on the Georgia coast, plays a formative role in Gogo's work as both her home base and her primary source of inspiration. From the bones of animals to shells and seaweed washed ashore, nature provides the foundation for the elegant and eclectic works of wearable art produced under Gogo's creative lens.

Though the root of her inspiration has remained unchanged, Gogo's work has evolved and transformed over time using different materials and techniques. Originally she worked with the source material, combining bones and shells into striking but often fragile works. Eventually she cast gold and/or silver versions using the lost-wax process — a technique that captures every detail of the original objects. Recently she has begun to make more use of high-tech equipment to manipulate found forms using 3-D scanning technology. She also works with artisans who hand pound Alpaca — a metal alloy consisting of copper, nickel, and zinc — creating more fluid, interpretive works that are still based on the natural elements Gogo finds both in her travels and in the rarified environment of Cumberland Island.

Organization & Support
This exhibition is organized by the High Museum of Art.

Generous support of this exhibition is provided by Friends of Gogo and the Isobel Anne Fraser-Nancy Fraser Parker Exhibition Endowment.