The Books of The Dead: Book One is
the title of my entry for Art House Co-op's 2012 Sketchbook Project, theme: Travel With Me. It will shortly (April) tour various galleries around the US and London, before being archived permanently in the Brooklyn Art Library, New York.
Most of the original pages in the sketchbook sent to me by Art House Co-op have been replaced. Some
now consist of images printed onto acid free tissue paper. Others are
collages of drawings/paintings/photos. Some images
were printed onto transparent acetate, then scanned and re-printed onto tissue or thicker paper. It's an altered book,
a handmade journal, a group of collages. A book of memories. A memoir.
Some - the gold pages - are from a
rescue blanket gifted to me by the Paris Croix Rouge (French/Paris Red Cross) when I
was living in France and a subscribing member as a soprano with the Choeur Croix Rouge. I didn't tear up the rescue blanket for the sketchbook! I had already mistakenly used some of it as Christmas wrapping paper. (I did think it was a bit thin)!
By accident, by mistake, my sketchbook's a rescue manual.
Check out the video of my artwork (above). The beautiful and enigmatic music is Everyone's Walking My Dog from the album Mysterevolution by Rob Stevens. You can purchase this or take a look at his other published music via the Amazon link at the top of the page and to the left.
Containing the word dead, the title of my project was likely to come across as a negative construct, a bit of a turn-off. Though dead is close enough to undead to have triggered a round of applause from zombie enthusiasts. The Books of the Dead however are about creative recovery. The idea came about when sifting through material to use for the project. I saw that many of my travels have
been punctuated by assorted deaths and varied tragedies.