Deshabille

Déshabillé open view
Déshabillé page view

Bookboard, ivory damask cloth, mulberry papers, silk, thread, handwriting, laser printing
9"h x 4.5"w x 1.125"d (closed) (May 2007)


What is truly sensual is of-the-moment in which it is happening: it is before we have words to describe it, and has no component of memory, only direct experience.

So what happens when we make sensual objects? It seems paradoxical — clothing a transient experience in the guise of a physical object. And the book, more than many other art forms, comes as a fully dressed object: ideas expressed into words, words ordered onto pages, pages gathered into signatures, signatures sewn into bindings. But still the events about which a book speaks happen in a moments of undressed experience. Is it possible to work backward, undress the book, find again the original experience while still containing it in a book structure?

Or do we lose something by trying to distill experience into objects? Is creating an object to remember something akin to Orpheus looking back at Eurydice and losing her forever?

I am planning an edition of 6 for this project. Please contact me if you are interested.