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

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.