Mourning Prayer

Edition of 20: 2000
Dobbin Mill papers, hand-stamped text
13″ x 4″ x 1.75″

The 186 translucent pages refer to the actual number of steps of the Staircase of Death at Mauthausen. Each is divided into 3 sections and stamped with hand-carved numbers and text. The monotony of the pagination and endless sequence of numbers acts as a mantra and compliment to the “prayer” comprised of a series of similar sounding words: step, steep, stomp, stamp, stop, slip, slap, and spit. The format and design of “Mourning Prayer” replicates a ticketing booklet common in Central Europe.