Another day and another language presents itself for me to destroy. Creating my Automata is a lengthy process with long periods waiting for glue to dry and even longer periods thinking through the design aspect of these little machines.
To speed things up a little I’ve started work on yet another artwork. I’m not in any rush but pasting and ripping and pausing is a frustrating experience. If I can have two artworks on the go at one time then at least whilst one is drying I can do other things. Whilst my French text is drying from the first unfinished automaton I’m tearing up some Chinese for a machine I haven’t really thought through or designed yet.
I’m using a copy of the bible that I found in a bookshop. There’s one book in particular which feels appropriate to me although it took me a while to work out where it featured in this book of books. Attempting to search for characters in a lexicon completely alien to me is like looking for a needle in a haystack. With so many varieties and dialects of Chinese I’ve been forced into becoming some sort of language sleuth to work out what it is I have in front of me. Half an hour of searching later and another hour or so of construction and I’m faced with a deconstructed 以斯拉记.
“We are left this day as a remnant” Ezra 9:15