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Jill Sylvia  San Francisco, CA

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About Jill

Ledger sheets are traditionally used to record the financial transactions of a business or an individual. These papers host the data necessary for accounting information to be compiled, and for analysis in determining profit and loss. They are the material of economics.

In an attempt to understand our need to quantify our transactions, I employ this paper. I use a drafting knife to individually remove tens of thousands of boxes from this paper, leaving behind the lattice of the grid intended to separate the boxes.

The skeletal pages drape and accumulate, demarcate the time cost for their creation, and become the buildings for which they have laid the groundwork. With each piece, the notion of “value” is called into question – be it the value of our quotidian pursuits, the relative value of labor, or the implicit values of economic advancement.

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"A conversation and calm - beauty beyond."


"Beautiful, yes, and somewhat overwhelming. I'm surprised these were hand-cut. That task is daunting and time-consuming, especially in the age of cheap laser-cutting."

"what abstract work for a concrete notion!"

"Amazingly original. Obviously this has great meaning for the artist--the lattice is lovely and ordered. Very different."

"beautiful and quite fitting for our time, does it represent our ignorance of how money was squandered??"

"Coffee table conversation piece over cocktails?"

"Very well done. Art reflecting life at it's best!"

"I don't see the beautiful artwork in this piece."

"Very beautiful, the fact that the lines are individually cut is mind-blowing. Great job!"

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