Ania Gilmore, “Knowledge Inc.”

 

Artist: Ania Gilmore (Lexington, MA)

Title: Knowledge Inc. (2013)

Medium/technique(s): Altered book. An old book, thread.

Edition size: One of a kind

Dimensions: 20 in. diameter x 11 in.

 

Artist Statement:

A folded book work inspired by Wisława Szymborska’s poem Contribution to the statistics from the Moment collection. The form allows the viewer to explore the book from all sides. It is a vision of the feeling of permanent unrest about the quality of human nature, giving a statistical account and almost contemplating picture of equality in the face of inevitable human suffering and death.

Out of every hundred people,
those who always know better
—fifty-two,

doubting every step
—nearly all the rest…

Wisława Szymborska (1923 –2012) was a Polish poet, essayist, translator and recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Literature. She was described as a “Mozart of Poetry” and her reputation rests on a small body of work, fewer than 350 poems translated into many languages.