Ania Gilmore, “Pomiedzy (In between)”







Artist: Ania Gilmore (Lexington, MA)

Title: Pomiedzy (In between) (2012)

Medium/technique(s): Black ink on waxed paper, glass bottles, cork, wax, string

Edition size: 3

Number of bottles: 1341

Dimensions: each bottle 12mm x 40mm each

Dimensions, closed: N/A


Artist Statement:

A poem by Wisława Szymborska, A little bit about the Soul – a message in a bottle; the inside represents the never ending conflict of coexistence between body and the soul, or Plato’s concept of the magnificent infinitive world ideas, against material world things. The bottles are arranged in the shape of a Ying & Yang wave aims to create balance, while at the same time not being connected. This gives the viewer the freedom to choose their own subject. The poem is written in original Polish language and in English.

This piece gives a personal voice to travel that embodies a sense of emotion and individuality, which paves one’s journey to self discovery by intertwining the personalities of a journal and the life experience of travel. I have chosen the form of my book to be a message in a bottle as it is known and honored historically since Christopher Columbus’s first voyage to the New World. A message in a bottle, the most intimate form of communication, is a symbol of traveling from place to place hoping to be found and read.

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.