The Texture of Words

Besides being my time travel companions, the gracefully ageing books that occupy a little wall in my studio, with their dusty labyrinths of words and secret notes pressed between their pages, often have me wondering if they hide more than they reveal. Perhaps best cherished the way they are, but in some strange way, a channel of communication seems to open up when I marry their pages to photographs, which I like to do by way of image transfers. A simple, gentle process of scratching and peeling at the brittle fibres yields itself to pathways of hidden landscapes and fragments of my own ghosts that have slipped through my fingers. The tactile alchemy of all the unconnectedness merging together to unravel stories within the stories, poems within the poems, and thoughts within the thoughts hints at the likes of magic mazes in secret gardens and back alleys of time tainted surfaces waiting to be unearthed, or just be lost in.
















See the whole series here  and learn more about this beautiful yet simple process from my friend and teacher courtney cerruti, the maker extraordinaire ! :)

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  • Ramya Reddy April 9, 2015, 9:26 am

    Courtney Cerruti thank you for teaching me these ! :) Olaf – what we were talking about the other day !

  • Rupa Kumar April 9, 2015, 2:21 pm

    Dear Rums… again .. you’ve got me wandering down those mystical by – lanes of your imagination with your magically intriguing texture of words & spell – binding photography… leaves me in pure admiration, always

  • Ramya Reddy April 9, 2015, 5:06 pm

    thank you sweet Rupa ❤️ so humbled x

  • Ajesh Narayanan April 9, 2015, 7:30 pm

    Very moody and mysterious. The faces tell a story and the words another. Nice stuff rums! :)

  • Trupthi Narayan April 10, 2015, 5:52 am

    Wow! There should be some way to also capture that lovely musty smell that old books have…

  • Ramya Reddy April 10, 2015, 6:43 am

    thanks AJ, Trupthi

  • Olaf Willoughby April 10, 2015, 9:38 pm

    Thx Ramya Reddy, very beautiful, sensitive and elegant work…

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