Seal Spirit Pin by Denise Wallace, Aleut
by Denise Wallace, Aleut
cast sterling silver
Denise Wallace is a jewelry artist of Native Alaskan Aleut descent, who worked with her husband, Samuel Wallace (1936-2010). She maintains and modifies a walrus-ivory carving tradition.
Wallace is most well known for her elaborate belts which depict people, animals, symbols, and folk tales of her native culture. She uses fossil ivory, silver, gold, and richly colored stones to illustrate her rich culture.
Their work has been in the collections of the Anchorage Museum, Museum of Arts and Design in New York, Mingei International Museum, and Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. Samuel and Denise have written a book featuring their sculptural jewelry, Arctic Transformations: The Jewelry of Denise and Samuel Wallace.