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Jenny Holzer

With You Inside Me Comes the Knowledge of My Death, 1994

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Silver snake ring with inscription,
sterling silver, 925/000,
matt, centrifugal cast, hand-finished,
felt-lined wooden case,
1 5/8 x 3 3/8 x 2 1/8” (4,1 x 8,8 x 5,5 cm),
produced by Patrick Muff, Cologne,
Ed. 75/XXV, signed and numbered

Vicious circle. An ominous poetic text, taken from the artist’s current work-in-progress LUSTMORD, insinuates itself on its wearer in the form of a serpentine silver ring.


“The fact that Holzer’s ’mock-cliché’ truisms sound like the vices, virtues, and prescriptions printed at the turn of the century is at least stylistically no accident, for as she has said about these, her first writings: ‘I try to polish them so they sound as if they had been said for a hundred years, but they’re mine…’” Joan Simon Parkett No. 40/41, 1994