>> "'Pearls' are strands of beads fashioned from texts. The series
began in 2000, when Gill began asking friends to give her a book that
had deep personal significance. The artist then transformed each
volume into a necklace of beads and returned it to the owner as a
decorative, fetish or power object. Gill's choice for the Sackler of
five "pearls" from the nearly 40 strands she has made in the last six
years, resonates on both aesthetic and conceptual levels."