Pearls - Simryn Gill

Pearls - Simryn Gill

35.00

Pearls is a full colour photographic record of Simryn Gill’s ongoing bead-making project which began in 1999. The book brings together over sixty sets of beads, each hand-rolled from torn pages of books given to the artist by friends, relatives and distant acquaintances. Rendered illegible in their new-formed state, the books cover a broad, often stirring, range of printed matter such as Freud’s essay on Anxiety and Instinctual Life, Gandhi’s autobiography, the Beano and Kwame Nkrumah’s I Speak of Freedom. Changed beyond recognition, each book title takes the form of an ornately crafted string of beads. Beyond the material hallmarks of the original books, the beads retain few other clues to their former appearance. In their new life as beads they resemble instead curious artefacts, ritual adornments or sumptuous garlands that deem to be worn and coveted. Each set of beads is gifted back to the individual book owners, completing in Gill’s words a ‘transaction’ that lies at the heart of the Pearls project. In addition to the inclusion of two specially commissioned texts by Gill and an index of all the beads made to date, the creation of the book extends the visual and conceptual reckonings of the ongoing Pearls project into further realms of exchange and circulation.

 

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