Friday, June 25, 2010

The Book of the Small Life




The Book of the Small life 2010

Micro Bios
is the ancient Greek name for Small life. In some languages means germ, mold or anything microscopic and tiny. In this book we wonder about how big or how tiny we are. The germs are bigger than the constellations we see above in the sky we wonder. Whether stars are smaller than germs in the microscope, whether humans are bigger than stars or maybe they are a tiny spot in the universe, or we are the universe.


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Book of the Home Land








The Book of the Home Land 2010

Homeland can be many places: the place where we were born, the place where we come from, the place where we have decided to create our ties.
In this book, there is a compilation of all our familiar surroundings: we always remember a special plant that grew up in a certain garden, stones, pebbles, sand, rocks we have at our feet, the stars and the constellations we have observed.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Book of the Creatures







"I learned that there are three kingdoms in Nature: Mineralia, Vegetalia and Animalia. Those kingdoms were studied as separate and it was hard to understand the meaning of a forest, where the three kingdoms get together". As well, we are a part of another kingdom or a kingdom of a kingdom above in the sky.
When the author saw the Milky Way for the first time, she was told that the galaxy was made of a goddess milk. We do not know exactly their size but we feel like a little life, micro bios, the ancient Greek word for germ. So depending on the scale, we are galaxies or little lives in kingdoms of animalia, vegetalia and mineralia.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Book of Blood and Slime






The Book of Blood and Slime 2010

"I had a bunch of a beautiful paper given to me by one of my professors at grad school. I just read Sandor Marai's book "Embers" and I was caught by the story. I had some new born images", said the author.
There is a story about newborn creatures and its protection. Blood and slime that accompany the mankind into the world, but also as a protective layer in our arrival into the world.
There is a fascination towards those body fluids, mainly rejected but absolutely ours.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Map of Celestial Bodies








Map of Celestial Bodies 2101

Over us, there is the Milky Way or the Galaxy. Galaxy comes from Gala, the ancient Greek name for milk. It is believed that this was the milk split by Hera when suckling Heracles.
Ancients sought their path, their fate and their future in the stars. The star is the little glimpse of light that indicates where we are. A map of celestial bodies it is very important in our GPS times.

Monday, June 14, 2010

The Book of the Belonging






The Book of the Belonging 2010

"To belong is to live". This phrase of Clarice Lispector has been the thread for this book. The introspective quality of her literature inspired a story about all we think we need for belonging. This is the first signature and hard cover book, a more serious one, more bookie. The book shows some clues, but at last, we only belong to our lives. The phrase sewn in a delicate gampi paper is one of those clues.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Ward




Ward 2010

Ward is the third of those series of books related to the beloved. It is a book made of blood, like roses.
The author heard this poem read from a friend a long time ago. She was a poet and she passed.
The sense of exile still remains.

The last train has stopped at the last platform. No one is there to save the roses, no doves to alight a woman made of words. Time has ended. The ode fares no better than the foam.

Mahmoud Darwish from Fewer Roses. Translated from the Arabian by Munir Akash and Carol Forche





Saturday, June 12, 2010

Hamama



Hamama 2010

"Hamama", as "Ya Nour" was inspired in John Berger's book From A to X. The lecture of those love letters made me familiar with words related to affection. Both words are related to beloved people. We do not know where Aida and Xavier are, probably they are somewhere in the middle east. Those Arabian words sound special and its meaning is surprising.


Ya Nour




Ya Nour, 2010

In John Berger's book From A to X, a woman, Aida, writes to her lover Xavier, who has been imprisoned. They cannot be together and future is the only thing to dream on.Those love letters from Aida are passionate and tender at the same time. Those letters are the only thing that connects the man with the outside, with the small details from every day's life . Those letters give Xavier a sense of normality among the abnormality. Aida recreates her desire for him and the days of tenderness writing these letters. "There is a future that has our names"
The vocabulary related to love and feelings was the main idea for this book.

The first creatures





The book of Loba 2006






The book of the Snake, 2006

The Book of the Snake and The Book of Loba were some of the first books in the library. They were mentally created in Taos. A rattle-snake and a wandering dog that looked like a white wolf were found in the area and there was a story to tell about that encounter. The author found some clues that might be useful to create a biography for those special beings.



Thursday, June 10, 2010

A tiny invisible library









The Library of the Loba is a tiny invisible library created by Teresa Gomez-Martorell. Even though she works mainly in printmaking, artist's books allows her to put together words, image and storytelling. The Library is a way to preserve and show such intimate objects that can be read in the privacy or in good company.

Things have their own life (las cosas tienen vida propia), said the gipsy Melquiades in one of her favorite books One Hundred Years of Solitude (Cien A├▒os de Soledad), from Gabriel GArcia Marquez. Storytelling is a way to give extraordinary meanings to ordinary facts of life. At last, there is no dullness in the every day life if we are capable to see how special and unique things are. It depends how we look our surroundings. Artist's books and visual poetry allows to work with those humble elements and give them a new dignity. Stories are an open field where the viewer may particpate and create their own story.