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Marilyn da SILVA | Rock, paper, scissors teapot

da SILVA, Marilyn
United States of America 1952
Rock, paper, scissors teapot 2003
sterling silver, enamel paint
15.0 (h) x 20.0 (w) x 13.0 (d) cm
Photographer M.Lee Fatherree

The pleasant rituals and formalities of tea drinking and card playing are literally cut into pieces in Marilyn da Silva’s Rock, paper, scissors teapot. The rock of the children’s hand game forms the teapot’s body and spout, the scissors its handle, and the paper playing cards part of its lid; each element contributes to the sense of violence and menacing unpredictability that occupies this benign object. The work conjures the game of rock, paper, scissors and the behaviour that results from the randomness of its outcomes, freezing the relationship of these elements at a particular moment in time. The role of the unseen hand is ever present in da Silva’s tabletop drama, whether playing the game, creating the illusion or being hurt by the result. The illusion is compounded when we realise that each element of the work is either forged from silver or roller-printed and painted – laborious processes in which chance has no part.

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