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Shroud for an Atheist
Digitally printed silk textile, seawater and interference-gold pigment, metallic acrylic, glass beads, sand, polymer clay, and Textile Cone (Conus textile) shell
Shroud: 96 x 54 in. - Installation: Dimensions variable
2020
Shroud for an Atheist
Digitally printed silk textile, seawater and interference-gold pigment, metallic acrylic, glass beads, sand, polymer clay, and Textile Cone (Conus textile) shell
Shroud: 96 x 54 in. - Installation: Dimensions variable
2021
Shroud for an Atheist
Digitally printed silk textile, seawater and interference-gold pigment, metallic acrylic, glass beads, sand, polymer clay, and Textile Cone (Conus textile) shell
Shroud: 96 x 54 in. - Installation: Dimensions variable
2020
Shroud for an Atheist
Digitally printed silk textile, seawater and interference-gold pigment, metallic acrylic, glass beads, sand, polymer clay, and Textile Cone (Conus textile) shell
Shroud: 96 x 54 in. - Installation: Dimensions variable
2021

Shroud for an Atheist, 2020
Digitally printed silk textile, seawater and interference-gold pigment, metallic acrylic, glass beads, sand, polymer clay,
Textile Cone (Conus textile) shell

Conus textile is a species of marine snail with a beautifully patterned shell, also known as the Textile Cone or Cloth of Gold Cone. As alluring as they may appear, they are in fact predatory, venomous mollusks with toxins deadly to humans. Kendler meticulously collaged digital images of the shell’s patterns to create this textile (a nod to the mollusk’s name). Presented atop a burial mound of sand, the work takes on the likeness of a shroud. But whose death are we to lament? The artist gives us a clue: the patterns of Conus textile recall cellular automata, as in Conway’s Game of Life or Wolfram’s Rule 30—computational models said to prove that complex design and intelligent organization can arise in the absence of a “designer.”

Exhibited at:
Jenny Kendler: The Long Goodbye : MSU Broad Museum : Lansing, MI : Jan. 15 – Jun. 27, 2021