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Dec. 19th, 2011 | 10:14 pm

Part One is Here.


This is the other hand of the Victorian doll I bought from that old French Lady.I tied it to a red silk ribbon and pinned it onto the cover.



In the last pocket, I hid a black crane with a secret message




I also sewed a button to the back. It took me about... 4 tries? I fail.



Hidden at the end: Saint Jerome deep in thought, St John fighting the dragon and Melancholia, a rather mysterious etching containing a secret puzzle thing. It folds out so you see the 2 'revelations/visions' sprouting out from St Jerome's study.

From the wiki page:
"One interpretation suggests the image references the depressive or melancholy state and accordingly explains various elements of the picture. Among the most conspicuous are:
The tools of geometry and architecture surround the figure, unused
The 4 × 4 magic square, with the two middle cells of the bottom row giving the date of the engraving: 1514. This 4x4 magic square, as well as having traditional magic square rules, its four quadrants, corners and centers equal the same number, 34, which happens to belong to the Fibonacci sequence."



Hidden treasure i: some growing jewels.




Secret revelations ii: mythic beheading scene clipped on top of Abraham's sacrifice of Isaac. An uncanny juxtaposition.




Revelations iii: Alchemic maps hidden under my heart topography



Poem addition ii:

"smoke- tendrilled darkness, stasis in thought
an endless blank path gaping like a wound
wiring into the horizon swept dead upon the ground
between sea and sky an incipient snake
body slippery and like a hose around my fingertips
wound, manipulatable like a toy"



Poem iii: I was debating whether I should attach this one but I gave in. It ends the book on an unsettling note. What goes into the creation of art? What is sacrificed? (Apollo's chase of Daphne should be noted here)


The catalogue. I hid a collage of female figures. In no particular order featured: Calliope, Medusa, Maria from metropolis, Mary, random medieval lady, Lady Gaga (haha)

I did one for the grotesque book, so I thought I'd do it again, in tradition.

End


xo

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Wenhui

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from: sundaybreakfast
date: Dec. 20th, 2011 03:44 am (UTC)
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I like the whole look of the scrapbook/catalog thing! ^^ You never fail to impress me with your creativity.

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Amy

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from: catewigs
date: Dec. 20th, 2011 03:54 am (UTC)
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Thanks! It was a lot of fun to do. I hope to do one for every other coherent series of art I produce :P

Part i is here, btw :D
http://catewigs.livejournal.com/82301.html

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treefingers

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from: body_song
date: Dec. 22nd, 2011 11:35 pm (UTC)
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I've seen your art on laceandflora and absolutely love your style - so unique and fascinating! I think we were friends once before but I would like to be friends again <3

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Amy

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from: catewigs
date: Dec. 23rd, 2011 02:00 pm (UTC)
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Go ahead :)

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