Sunday, January 08, 2006

Bibliotheca Alexandrina - Centre of the Universe

Centre of the Universe - Bookwork, 2006, 21ins x 12 ins x 9.5ins
Gray boards, resin on paper, oils Chinese tissue paper, inlay; Japanese washi thread.

Alexandria was established in 331 B.C. by Alexander the Great. For a thousand years Alexandria maintained its superiority and held its place as the apex of great thought and culture. Its library held treasures of knowledge and research, which became a valuable source of inspiration to both artists and writers whose works became models stimulating other intellectuals around the Mediterranean. The Artbook is part of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina 2nd Biennale for Artist's Book, Alexandrina, Egypt 2006

Covers: 8.5 x 8.5 ins resin on dyed paper, oils Pages 32: Computer generated Islamic patterns on paper, resin, oils.Japanese washi thread Spine: Goat skin

This project posed a challenged because the intention was to include a reading stand as part of bookwork. The structure had to be simple, collapsible and be reassembled without any difficulty.

Detail of the Artbook, Centre of the Universe, 2006

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