Self Scrutiny

Edition of 20: 2011
Glass mirror, archival inkjet text and images, Dobbin Mill papers made from cotton, abaca & pulped cataloged cards, library catalog cards, silk book cloth, brass hardware
Set of 49 cards: 3” x 5” each

Self Scrutiny box
SElf SCrutiny 1
Self Scrutiny 2
Self SCrutiny 3
Self Scrutiny 4
Self Scrutiny Title Card
Self Scrutiny Cards
Self Scrutiny boxSElf SCrutiny 1Self Scrutiny 2Self SCrutiny 3Self Scrutiny 4Self Scrutiny Title CardSelf Scrutiny Cards

After reading István Örkény’s novella, “Self Scrutiny”, I found a tongue in cheek syzygy to this terse yet information-loaded tale in the now (sadly) dated card catalog system used in libraries. For this artist book edition, I worked with cards that have been donated courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum Libraries and images of cards in the still active Petofi Literary Museum archive in Budapest. By repeatedly writing/typing/painting and re-writing actual cards along with fictitious ones, I was able to re-create both the storyline and my own commentary. The latter appears as notational references about simulacrum and hyper-reality.
This box of cards tells the story of a man’s attempt to face the ‘fact’ that his mirror image has become independent of himself. The paper and mirror card were fabricated each with a hole, that keeps them in sequence on a screw post, and which, references the missing hole in the last line:

“And the strangest of all, the glass had no trace of a bullet-hole.”

Szu Wei & Andras Borocz assisted in book production / Biruta Auna worked on box production
Special thanks to Deirdre Lawrence of the Brooklyn Museum Libraries