Reading (Between the Lines
By Sumi Perera
About the pillowbooks
This pair of pillowbooks, signify the dreams when the artist first arrived in England in 1960, accompanying her father on his medical post-graduate studies. She later returned to further her own medical education in England. The pillowbooks reflect on the gender disparities in the recognition of scientific achievements and advances. The viewer is encouraged to turn the hidden pages in the pillow and read the contributions women have made in the field of medicine, science & politics. Those who have been acknowledged are featured on his (blue) pillowbook, whilst those who remain largely unrecognised can be found on her (pink) pillowbook. The motifs used on his pillowbook are diagrams of dream impulses, and the ones on her pillowbook are brain cross sections. Both motifs were extracted from scientific and medical publications and stylised to represent stereotypical male and female design patterns.
About Sumi Perera
Sumi Perera, MA, MPhil, MSc, MBBS, is an artist, scientist and doctor with an MA in Book Arts from CamberwellCollege, University of the Arts London. She has exhibited internationally (including the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia and South Korea) and was awarded the Grand Prize [1st prize & gold medal] at the 1st International Book Arts Competition, Seoul, South Korea; and the Birgit Skiold Award for excellence in Book Arts at the London Artists Book Fair, Institute of Contemporary Art in 2005. Several of her works are held in the Tate Britain, the Yale Centre for British Art, the printROOM at Rotterdam, and the BirminghamMuseum and ArtGallery, as well as several other public and private collections.