Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Book of Rust from Academe Obscure

“...our love turns to rust,
we’re beaten and blown by the wind,
trampled in dust.

The Book of Rust is one of the blank journals I've made for the Academe Obscure show at the TAC 25 Collective where it will be on display through mid-October.

It has been waiting to emerge, this book. Pulled from my dreams by a piece of teal suede leather and handmade paper that was tossed out as imperfect because it failed to marble properly.

The picture on the front is based on a depiction from the first dream I ever documented and has been cobbled together with purposeful imperfection onto a blank digital canvas.

Seattle deteriorates in post-apocalyptic ruin, crumbling in the background. Fallen to the ground and rusting are the icons of perfect beauty, human form, love: The David of Michelangelo and the Venus de Milo of Alexandros of Antioch.

Tumbling loosely down are renditions of long ago paintings all depicting the grief of loss, longing and heartache. No longer housed and framed.

Within the book, the pages are a rustic, handmade mulberry with copper and brown bookmarks. On the title page is an anatomical Venus de Milo book plate on rust-streaked canvas.

The inside cover however is bedecked with the triumphant hope of Cupid (Eros) and Psyche even amidst ruin. Pristine in perfect white marble on a bed of white rose petals upon an unblemished background of still more white roses.

I've taken most of the pictures that make this book during my travels in Italy and France and brought them together this artistic medium, including those of the two lovers, The David and Venus de Milo.

To read more about the story of Cupid and Psyche, visit them here on Wikipedia.

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