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Amanuensis

Edition of 5: 2009
6 glass booklets with 18 carat gold gilded mirrors (Judith Trezza), archival inkjet text on pulp painted papers; white oak case
8″ x 6″ x 7.25″

Amanuensis Box and Open Book with Mirror
Amanuensis Box and Open Book
Amanuensis Open Book
Amanuensis Spread
Amanuensis Detail
Amanuensis Box
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Amanuensis uses the reflection and reduction of the written word, along with the expressiveness of its materials: gold gilded mirror, paper, and silk on glass – to describe the loss of one’s identity. The pages of the books are fragile, glass, housed in an oak case, like a casket. The words are printed in reverse and can only be read in the mirror, made precious by its material. The text loses letters as it repeats within the first 5 booklets.

Here, the signature is considered the written mark of identity and, like our name, defines who we are. An amanuensis is a copyist.
Amanuensis was part of an installation about the signature at Lehman College Gallery (2009).