Footnotes, Candida Powell-Williams, 2017
Footnotes is an artist's book which acts as an archive of research and documentation from Vernacular History of the Golden Rhubarb, a solo exhibition by Candida Powell-Williams. The project spliced together 30 historical artefacts and their depiction by secondary sources charting their evolution into touristic icons thus exploring the consequences of retelling history. The footnotes are a collage of research adding insight into the artists' process of layering as well as her personal experiences of the artefacts. The images are documentation sourced from visitors’ social media and layered with drawings and symbols prevalent in the artists' practice. Using Riso printing the publication's layered materiality is in keeping with process and content of the project as a whole. The introductory essay by a historian Oren Margolis explains the relationship of artist to academic research and the finishing essay by artist and writer Rebecca Jagoe takes the project into a new dimension of interpretation and imagination.