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Dear God - Desai, Amit - 2013. 
Stephen Cheng, Hong Kong 2013 - Boxed set of 7 individual books of differing sizes. DEAR GOD is the second major work in a trilogy about America made by artist Amit Desai, during his ten years on the road. It is a Limited Edition Box Set according to the artist's internet site. DEAR GOD began in 2005, after one of the deadliest storms in the history of the United States, Hurricane Katrina, devastated the Gulf Coast killing thousands and leaving many more homeless. Amit was down in New Orleans at the time working on his first body of work America Sutra. It was there in a flooded church that Amit found the first collection of photographs in the DEAR GOD series. From these photographs he made Paper Trail and began this body of work that combines seven original prayers with lost photographs found by Amit during his ten year road trip across America. This body of work was made during a period of intense spiritual crisis in the artist's life and each book in DEAR GOD represents a journey from the darkness to the light. The techniques used by Amit to bring his words and the images he found together was part of an experimental process he had developed over many years of making art out of collected scraps and writing in his journals which he called Dumpster Diaries. This project was completed in 2012 and was produced and published by Stephen Cheng. This boxed set of DEAR GOD was designed with the care and craftsmanship of European medieval illuminated manuscripts, stamped and bound in black leather with gilt edging and produced by the German printing firm Karl Grammlich GmbH. The seven DEAR GOD books are embedded in an outsized folio with cut out forms in which the odd-sized books rest like pieces in a puzzle.Includes the following books (title, pages, dimensions):ASCENSION64 pages, 177x130mmIN THE HOLE68 pages, 177x177mmINFECTIOUS84 pages, 150x200mmTHE SEA AND ME44 pages, 150x177mmPAPER TRAIL100 pages, 150x100mmPASSWORD68 pages, 150x130mmMONEY60 pages, 115x150mmThe box and books weigh 7 pounds, shipping weight will be 12 pounds because of the size. As new, slightest of rubbing to the outside of the box. Interior is perfect. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Mullen Books, ABAA]
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