We Are Writing These Things, Special #1
By Sha Towers
Waco, Texas: Sha Towers, 2018. One-of-a-kind.
3.75 x 4.5"closed. Accordion fold extending from front. Materials: Sumi and walnut inks, gum Arabic, and gesso. Images created with brushes, folded pens, and ruling pens for the mark making. Outer wrapper constructed from amate bark paper and vellum. Flat-hinged, non-adhesive binding. Laid in wraparound paper wrapper with slip and slot closure. Signed and dated by the artist.
This is a unique presentation of the variable edition created by Sha Towers of "We Are Writing These things" a calligraphic reflection on a line from a speech given by Kevin Slavin at a 2011 TEDGlobal talk on 'how algorithms shape our world.'
Sha Towers: "I chose the accordion structure to represent the possibility of continuity of thought and line juxtaposed with the fragmented representations that paint a picture of lost meaning and illegibility. I used sumi and walnut inks, gum Arabic, and gesso with brushes, folded pens and ruling pens for the mark making. The outer wrapper was constructed from amate bark paper and vellum suggesting elements of puzzle and hiddenness reflected in the text. This work incorporates a flat-hinged, non-adhesive binding for the structure made of 140 lb. watercolor paper with mark making in the spirit of manuscript palimpsests in which language is evolved, overlayed, and lost."