Reproduction of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Collar by Kim Lieberman

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    South African artist Kim Lieberman works with the concept of "Wild Integrity," a concept that examines people who are wild, untamable and yet keep to their scruples.

    Lace is a European craft, yet Lieberman, a South African, reframes the history of lace in her artwork. In the 1600 and 1700s in Europe, it was illegal for peasants to wear lace, only aristocracy and royalty were allowed. Learning this, Lieberamn wanted to examine the conceptual source of royalty. To her it is true leadership, which encompasses true values, morals, and ethics. Royalty then is not about bloodline, but about thought and action. And hopefully in this way, influence.

    In Lieberman's works, "Why the collar?" she examines this in the context of "Who's face are we framing now, here in Africa?" using antique lace collars in contemporary works. Taking this concept further, she felt Ruth Bader Ginsburg perfectly fit her description of "wild integrity" and royalty. When she learned that RBG wore collars for political and feminist statement, Lieberman wanted to include her in this broader conversation. In 2018 Lieberman made a silk lace collar for RBG, which was given to her by former Constitutional Court Justice Albie Sachs, a friend of RBG's and a radical anti-apartheid activist who met RBG through the art of the Constitutional Court Collection. Albie pointed out RBG's respect for and connection to the South African Constitutional Court.

    The design of the collar featured here is based on Ruth Bader Ginsburg's lace collar by Lieberman, which is also featured in the Jewish Museum exhibiton "RBG Collars: Photographs by Elinor Carucci" on view December 15, 2023 - May 27, 2024.

    Crafted by Lieberman in perspex acrylic which is 3D printed and then laser cut, it uses the lace ground called "chaotic" or "wild" ground, which perfectly carries the concept both aesthetically and by name of her exploration of "Wild Integrity". Each collar comes beautifully mounted on a black board and includes an story card by the artist. The collar can be removed from the board and worn, though it is delicate.  Or it can be framed on the board for a beautiful display that references Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg as well as Lieberman's artistic lace work.  Made in South Africa.

    Perspex acrylic

    Collar 17" diameter; Board 19" square




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