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Rosary
Artist's book


Inspired by Robert Walser’s microscripts, Rosary follows the systematic collection over the past 4 years of ‘spam’ names retrieved from junk email. The work is a memorial both to the transience of our lives and the absurdity of our self-importance. Collected in a specimen case and labeled for posterity these fossil-like scraps of paper bear the names of identities which never quite made it beyond the digital world. Encased in wax they gain a fragile physicality that supercedes their former selves – an act of transubstantiation from the virtual to the real. As memorial inscriptions they may be read like a prayer, a meditation on impermanence. As identities they are merely scraps of paper.

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