'It was part of something sacred and mysterious, called the Great Table of Elements. In the ancient libraries and hospitals the alphabet marks were chanted as a prayer'.
Sam Winston worked on the passage of text that reveals that the central character has been imprisoned, because he was found with a fragment of the Periodic table. Winston responded to the prisoner's perception of it as a form of religious object or incantation and has created three embossed metal pieces. Each one accurately depicts all of the elements that exist in three objects - a gold watch, a book and a SIM card. Winston chose these objects to represent the banned concepts of time, knowledge and technology.
Winston is a graphic artist based in London. He creates sculpture, drawings and books that experiment with language and words, both as carriers of message and meaning, and as visual information itself. Winston's works can be found in many museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles and the Tate Galleries in London.
© Sam Winston, 2013