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Apr. 18th, 2012 | 12:50 pm

Here it is! I had lots of fun abusing the xerox machine and persuading it to do things it was never made for, as usual.

The book has to be read in multiple ways:
the first section is like a flip book- each image is layered on top of the other mirroring the peeling of the layers of selves we accumulate. It then opens up horizontally, falls vertically down, before horizontally hinging into uncertain space. You sort of have to treat it very carefully, 'cause it's stapled together in a rather fragile manner.

All word portions were stolen from the Dark Cloistered Alleys of my notepad. I stash them away, forget I ever wrote them, and only uncover them for such recycling purposes such as bookmaking. I haven't actually re-read them, so they're pretty raw, and definitely unedited.

the finger pointing upwards signals an impossibility of knowledge/knowing; what the book attempts is a reaching towards truth; an eternal grasping towards that is eternally incomplete.
Also, the "Thus Spoke", refers t "Thus Spoke (Zarasthrustra)", Nietzsche's rather questionable attempt at representing the non-representable Dionysian realm.

Scroll flips downwards; the only pseudo-narrative. Acts as a verbal invocation, much like a prayer.
(ah actually the 'prayer' thing is missing a piece o_o. I forgot to add it. silly me. This is the last bit:

"Perhaps- womb, claustrophobic core. Limbs

lumsy and clenching earth, a clutter o

bones crisp against the earth's belly-

birth, in(side)- un-being, snug-in--

in-between breaths, a tiny spark flickering. quot;

Later: Actually, there's a funny story behind that. Apparently I did add it, but I hid it behind the "descent" text (within the core of the book) , then consequently lost it forgetting that this particular book didn't possess the pockets I thought I had endowed it with. So it's subsequently lost in the universe ether. Rather Nietzschean and apt in that fragmentary way, but I do feel this profound sense of dislocation as a result...

First piece, concerning the shedding of the 'skins' of appearance. the 'ritual' begins with an exorcism/call to action.
Piece is titled "The Roots of the Heart Run Deep" (do note I rarely name my pieces, though. This is rather the exception; perhaps rituals need clearly delineated steps?)

Through the Torii gates, to the land of the dead
(note the priest shroud)


Re-configuration > flips open horizontally to "Shedding of Skins" and then down vertically down to "Descent"

(this was scanned before the cliff gates piece was stapled on; basically, the cliff gates door-flap covers the "Descent" text)

Commencing the descent vertically down...
(in which the veil of the Apollonian is torn)

"Girl Without Hands" > "The Mountains are my bones"
Concerning the deconstruction of identity and the reduction of the human form to the skeletal.

But oh! It flips horizontally again (you have to unfold it like an origami-thing) ----->

Distorted hands reach out for into abstract space, and the text abruptly hinges into empty space. sort of a denial of closure- form gets reduced to its 'bare bones', but it's up to the individual to construct things from the ground up.

Yup, that is all.
It was rather fun! And it took much less time than the labyrinth book.
I swear I'm getting better at this bookmaking business. I want to make moreeeee
And for those hungry for interpretations I actually took the trouble to writing a mini-guide for it explaining some of the thought processes went behind making it.
(or: In which I pretend I Knew What I was Doing All Along)

err edit *forever incomplete, not never incomplete
*also, the series was done in 2010, not 2011; the years become fluid after awhile and I forget it's already been 2 years since I started drawing again
(I think it's becoming quite obvious I did the write-up half-heartedly and in a hurry)

Footnotes katabasis

Oh, and for those curious, this was for my Nietzsche/Wagner class. (Yes, it is indeed an epic class: what a combination of forces!)

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Comments {4}



from: salmaksoff
date: Apr. 23rd, 2012 06:42 am (UTC)

Happy birthday!!!!

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from: catewigs
date: Apr. 24th, 2012 12:48 pm (UTC)

Thanks :)

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from: rosetintedstars
date: Apr. 23rd, 2012 05:44 pm (UTC)

yes first and foremost HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMYYYY! hope you'll pass through your exams today as painlessly as possible <3

it's cool to hear that that jc teacher will be referencing your work! the idea of authorial intent, and the lack of power authors have over their work is an interesting concept *v*///

and oh man, this book is such a labyrinth! very intriguing; the idea of unfolding (towards a hidden truth? further confusion?), and the (mis)use of the photocopier is awesome HAHA <3

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from: catewigs
date: Apr. 24th, 2012 12:51 pm (UTC)

Hey Jen!

Thanks so muchly, and I think I did OK on the exams; they were fun!

Yes, I know :) He says that he doesn't record his lectures, but I'm expecting a report, definitely. I think it would be interesting to see what ideas people would have about my weird form of artistic practice in general.

It's not as much a labyrinth as my *labyrinth* book! Haha. But yes, it's kind of a straightforward journey; less a puzzle than my other books that are harder to navigate, and impossible to really explore online x_x (the restraints of web browsers). I didn't even pack any secrets into this one! (the one secret I hid I lost -_-)

Yes!! I love photocopier machines :D They're so useful...

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