Karen Hanmer

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Title: Ficciones


Ficciones | Bound by artist in 2006 | Collection of Michigan State University

Jorge Luis Borges, New York: Everyman's Library, 1993

Sewn on tapes laced into boards, covered in full yellow goatskin. Backpared onlays of pale yellow and black. Textured pale yellow endsheets, leather joint. Sewn endbands of black and yellow silk. Acrylic edges.

8.25 x 5 x 1"

Design inspired by the theme of duality woven through Ficciones, and by Borges’ reminiscence of childhood, “I used to stop for a long time in front of the tiger’s cage to see him pacing back and forth. I liked his natural beauty, his black stripes and his golden stripes. And now that I am blind, one single color remains for me, and it is precisely the color of the tiger, the color yellow.”