Auto Portrait Pending

Gold ring with empty setting, ring box, corporate and private contracts. 2005.

Jill Magid signs a contract with a company to become a diamond when she dies. The contract specifies the agreement for her transformation and the details of her eventual diamond. Upon her death, the diamond will be created from the carbon of her cremated remains. It will have a round cut, weigh one carat, and be set in a gold ring setting. Until the diamond′s creation, the empty ring setting, the corporate contract, the artist’s preamble, and the Beneficiary Contract constitute the artwork. Auto Portrait Pending awaits a Beneficiary.

Make me a diamond when I die. Cut me round and brilliant. Weigh me at one carat.
Ensure that I am real.

Installation Views of Auto Portrait Pending

Installation at Centre d'Arte Santa Monica, Barcelona 2007
Installation at Centre d'Arte Santa Monica, Barcelona 2007
Installation at Zazare Diamonds, Amsterdam. Photo Gert Jan van Rooij.
Installed at the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, 2005
Invitation Postcard, 2005