The Relative Value of Things

The Relative Value of Things

Edition of 120
32 pages with endsheets
Offset printed
8 3/8x10 1/2"
Full color printing; text with photographs
Flat-back case binding with custom lint design in cover
$400 {call to purchase}

The Relative Value of Things consists of three projects that investigate the joys, follies and contradictions of collecting, desire and valorization. The first project is the books' front covers, each uniquely embellished with encapsulated hair or lint donated by a multitude of individuals.

The second is the books' contents, comprised of color images and letterpress-printed lists documenting personal possessions discarded by the artist over time.

The third project comprises the back covers, featuring meticulously drawn text that addresses the struggle to find reassurance and meaning amidst life's mysteries and uncertainties.


Nigel Poor's work has been shown in various national venues and can be found in the collections of the SFMOMA, the M. H. de Young Museum, The San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. She has received several nationally recognized awards, including a SF Arts Council Grant and a Polaroid Artist Support Grant. She received her BA from Bennington College in Vermont and her MFA from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. Nigel Poor is represented by Haines Gallery in San Francisco and is an Assistant Professor of Photography at California State University, Sacramento.