I hope everyone in the Art and Lies group has received the package carrying my “response” to Winterson’s text. As I promised on an earlier post, here is the how and why in conceptualizing and designing my response:
light and darkness in the legendary Great Library of Alexandria
The works housed in the Great Library represent the brilliant light of knowledge, wisdom, education. Slavery, cruelty and disrespect for fellow beings, the cruel truth of child labour represent the darkness, the excruciating pain felt by the abused through the ages.
Based on the emotions generated by reading the text and the memory of all references associated with the Library of Alexandria and the lost texts of the ancient Greece’s greats heard too often in school, the decision on the form, shape, colour and content of my structure was reached –I believe- on my subconscious all at once, rather suddenly and solidly concrete.
Here is a visual presentation of the steps taken to assemble and produce the edition of my response to Jeanette Winterson’s masterful lines of text.
my paste papers drying on the floor, text being printed on a sheet with archival ink, folding...
folding, cutting completed - back side attached
unlined and lined pieces being pressed
folded, closed, with "sleeve" on: front and back
concertina structure with cut out and pop out details
Rives BFK paste painted with acrylics, text printed with archival pigmented inks
black Canford | cotton thread | PVA | natural twine rope
traces of Greek text from the Law Code of Gortyn, c. 450 BCE, Crete