Gandhi

$ 850.00

In the late 1920s Gandhi proposed to liberate India from British rule through spinning. He believed that if the Indian people could spin their own cotton to make cloth instead of buying it from the British they could become self-sufficient. Although born of this desire to liberate his people from foreign rule, for Gandhi spinning also became a spiritual activity, a time to replenish his soul. Today many spinners find the process contemplative and calming, some even admit to meditating or praying while they spin. 

This series of spun paper books attempts to reference this history by finding books written by or about Gandhi and systematically spinning each page to make a continuous paper thread, which is then wound onto an antique wooden spool of the appropriate size. Through this process, the record of Gandhi’s life becomes, once again, intertwined with the action of spinning. The title of each work is appropriated from the book used in its creation, including, Gandhi: Fighter Without a Sword, The Essential Gandhi, and Lead, Kindly Light, among others.

Title: Gandhi: Fighter Without a Sword
Year: 2010
Materials: altered book, antique spool
Size: 9.25 x 4 x 4 inches

Title: My Gandhi
Year: 2011
Materials: altered book, antique spool
Size: 7.75 x 3 x 3 inches

Title: Lead, Kindly Light: Gandhi and the Way to Peace
Year: 2012
Materials: altered book, antique spool
Size: 10.25 x 4 x 4 inches

Title: The Essential Gandhi
Year: 2012
Materials: altered book, antique spool
Size: 8.25 x 4 x 4 inches

Title: Gandhi on Non-violence
Year: 2012
Materials: altered book, antique spool
Size: 5 x 3 x 3 inches

Title: Past Masters: Gandhi
Year: 2012
Materials: altered book, antique spool
Size: 7 x 1.75 x 1.75 inches

Title: Gandhi: A Pictorial Biography
Year: 2013
Materials: altered book, antique spool
Size: 10 x 3.5 x 3.5 inches

Title: Penguin Readers: Gandhi
Year: 2014
Materials: altered Book, antique spool
Size: 4.75 x 2 x 2 inches

Title: Gandhi: Peaceful Warrior
Year: 2016
Materials: altered Book, antique spool
Size: 7 x 2 x 2 inches

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