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The gold tooth has been incorporated into artwork for centuries, and it still continues to captivate artists and viewers alike.

It is often used as a symbol of individuality and uniqueness, representing the imperfections that make us who we are.

One of the most famous examples of a gold tooth being used in artwork is in Vincent Van Gogh's self-portrait, which depicts the artist with a glimmering gold tooth in the corner of his mouth.

Gilded, by Sammie Kyng, uses a black and white drip technique with a single focal point of splashes of gold and brass dripping paint that powerfully draws the viewer's attention to a single gold tooth within a beautiful smiling mouth.

One of Kyng’s favorite artists,  Salvador Dali, features a golden tooth on the head of one of the figures in his painting "The Hallucinogenic Toreador".

The fact that Gilded is a self-portrait of Kyng’s own smile invites the viewer to connect with her on a deeper level, as her smile is both intriguing and thought-provoking. 

Kyng’s experience of being in a happy and creative state while on a car ride with her children was a moment she felt worthy of capturing.

In creating this piece, she found herself seeking to challenge conventional notions of beauty and perfection.

The piece celebrates artists like Kehinde Wiley and Mickalene Thomas who have included gold teeth in their portraits in order to celebrate the beauty of diversity and non-traditional aesthetics.

It's great to see Kyng embracing an imperfection and turning a grill into into something beautiful; a truly enduring symbol of individuality, creativity, and self-expression.

The glorious imperfection of a gold tooth, in Kyng’s Gilded, serves as a reminder that beauty can be found in the most unexpected places, and that our differences should be celebrated rather than hidden. 

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