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Ann Hamilton, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Untitled, 1993 (published in 1994) (detail). Horse hair, linen, and antique buttons. Diameter: 20 inches (50.8 cm). Edition of 12.
Ann Hamilton, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Untitled, 1993 (published in 1994) (detail). Horse hair, linen, and antique buttons. Diameter: 20 inches (50.8 cm). Edition of 12.
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Untitled, 1993

Artist: Ann Hamilton

A limited edition multiple encased in a glass and wood vitrine, Ann Hamilton's Untitled project is a collar fabricated from linen and horse hair. Strands of horse hair were used to embroider a 16th century-style alphabet on the inside of the collar. The unfinished ends of the embroidered hair pass through to the exterior of the collar, forming a swirling, circular mass of hair. The object recalls historic relics—an Elizabethan ruff, for example—yet remains connected to sensory experience through its assumed placement around a person’s throat with the letters of the alphabet resting near the voice box. Untitled references a relationship between the rapid growth of literacy and a gradual devaluation of non-verbal knowledge, such as that learned and experienced in the body.