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Mapa ed Veneiis

Artist's Book
1990 (published)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

A unique book art object made from an old wooden school desk. The entirety of the work is covered in numbers and letters childishly scrawled in pencil, and often semi-carved into the wood. The interior of the work also contains similar markings scored into paint or written in ink, ink drawings and diagrams, and torn, collaged pieces of paper with hand-written or typed lists of letters and numbers.

The work is fragile and cumbersome to handle, and various panels, hinged doors, codices and scrolls are contained within it, often in places not immediately obvious to the eye. The work has an obsessive, talismanic quality which has resonances with outsider art.

The artist describes her intention as a "mixture of word magic, a strange mind geometry and a secret formal and esoteric architecture holding it all together"

Signed and dated 27/11/90 by the artist.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Wood, varnished and carved, marked in pencil, paint or ink
Brief Description
Artist's book, 'Mapa ed veneiis', by Genevieve Seille, Burton-on-Trent, 1990

Physical Description
Unique book object comprising hinged wooden boards which approximate to the form of a codex but which have been constructed to form interior and exterior compartments.



All surfaces are varnished, scored and marked with symbols, cyphers and alphanumeric characters.



The exterior compartments encompass two rotating wooden cylinders marked with numbers. On the foreedge a narrow chamber encloses two tablets connected to the parent volume by nylon cord threaded through holes in the tablets and secured around wooden pegs. These tablets are also marked with cyphers and alphanumeric characters.



When the volume is opened further compartments are exposed which contain two scrolls covered with calligraphic text. A third encloses a further codex attached to its parent by means of a hinge.

Dimensions
  • Height: 28cm
  • Width: 20cm
  • Depth: 10cm
Summary
A unique book art object made from an old wooden school desk. The entirety of the work is covered in numbers and letters childishly scrawled in pencil, and often semi-carved into the wood. The interior of the work also contains similar markings scored into paint or written in ink, ink drawings and diagrams, and torn, collaged pieces of paper with hand-written or typed lists of letters and numbers.



The work is fragile and cumbersome to handle, and various panels, hinged doors, codices and scrolls are contained within it, often in places not immediately obvious to the eye. The work has an obsessive, talismanic quality which has resonances with outsider art.



The artist describes her intention as a "mixture of word magic, a strange mind geometry and a secret formal and esoteric architecture holding it all together"



Signed and dated 27/11/90 by the artist.

Other Number
X920025 - NAL Pressmark
Collection
Library Number
38041992100545

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