Friday, May 10, 2013

The Black Book

The Nag Hammadi scrolls (similar to the Dead Sea Scrolls) were discovered in Egyptian caves in 1945. One of texts, mysteriously entitled The Thunder, Perfect Mind, is an extraordinary poem that speaks of the universal duality of the feminine spirit.  Some commentators suggest the poem is intended to be an additional gospel, others that it is the voice of a feminine deity who long predates Christianity.  I'm not a believer in any god, male or female, but I find the poem and its language about the complexity of women and the feminine predicament fascinating.  I am using portions of the poem as the textual basis for a collaged artist's book entitled "The Black Book (Thunder, Perfect Mind)."  Here are a few pages from that work-in-progress.

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