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Chatrang Namuk
Steamboat Springs, Colorado:: Laura Wait,, 2011.. One-of-a-Kind. 6.25 x 8.25 x 2.25"; 80 pages. Handwriting. Mixed media including graphite, sumi ink, collographs, and painting. Bound in canvas cloth boards with sewn binding. Laid in cloth-covered clamshell box with flex lining. Laura Wait: "Inspired by a story from the 6th century of King Nushiwan of Persia. Indian vassals were required to send annual homage and tribute of valuable items. Along with the elephants, horses, gold, and jewels, they sent cryptic instructions for a secret game based on a mathematical code. This became known as Chatrang Namuk (translation chess book). If the king were able to figure out the code, then they would continue sending tribute. If not, they would stop. I am not sure what actually happened. "This book took three years to complete, as the first pages and monoprints were made in the summer of 2009, layers made, writing added in 2010, and the binding completed in 2011 after the inspiration of the Scriptography series of paintings. " "The Scriptography series began with the idea of making large layered fluid paintings inspired by the encaustic series Calligraphitti [this series of paintings began in 2010]. This series is a further exploration of the use of handwriting in art, as image in itself, using the symbolic intuitive connection of word forms between eye to brain.
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