Traces of Absence / Nickel

Material: ‘Daniel & Arter Ltd / Nevada Silver: Silver Platers and Gilders’ Catalogue, London and Birmigham; circa 1900 & treated nickel silver
113.5 x 87 cm

An ornately formed silver spoon begins life as a flat sheet of metal, such is the triumph of craftsmanship. Here a catalogue of elaborately formed silverware – from the soup tureen to the coffee pot – is held in the sheet of its making. From the gleaming metallic surface opens the pages of commoditised possibilities, seamlessly absorbed into the sharp angles of their material. The edges of paper are silver, pages dubbed with an illustrious sheen, enhancing and announcing their wealth. The flourishes of each object – the curves, embossing and filigrees – contrast to the smooth metal’s points and abstracting lines; a perfect clash of homogeneity.