3 artists' books made from empty antidepressant strips / Taiseer Shelhi.

  • Shelhi, Taiseer
  • Books

About this work


"I made these three books from the empty strips of antidepressants that I take daily. I work in adult mental health and I feel there is still a stigma around having a mental health disorder and taking medication to treat it. The medication I am prescribed bookends my days, I wanted to show this by making a book using empty strips with the symbols of a sun and crescent moon to indicate morning and night. The book constructed from empty strips of 6 capsules is bound by 6 silver rings, it has no front or back, it is transformed into a free standing sculptural object. My choice of the empty green strips for the third book was an aesthetic one, as these were the only tablet strips that used colour."--Statement provided by artist.


[London] : Taiseer Shelhi, 2017.

Physical description

1 volume (14 strips) : plastic blister packs ; 12 x 6 x 5cm
1 volume (7 strips) : plastic blister packs ; 12 x 5 x 2cm
1 volume (14 strips) : plastic blister packs ; 12 x 8 x 6cm


Title created by cataloguer.
3 individually bound artists' books made from used pill packets, created at the Wellcome Collection event ‘What seems to be the matter', 21 October 2017, and exhibited in the entrance to the Wellcome Library, 6-11 November 2017.
Volume 1. 14 empty strips of Effexor Venlafaxine antidepressant, hand-sewn binding in red thread ; volume 2. 7 empty green strips of Zopiclone sleeping pills, hand-sewn binding in black thread ; volume 3. 14 empty strips of Dobupal Venlafaxine antidepressant, ring-bound with six silver rings.
Copy 1. Donor: Taiseer Shelhi.



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