About this piece:
Artis Litterarius II is one of many works Wait has created that celebrate of the letter as image. It is from a series of five (each of the 5 is unique).
The boards are an irregular shape, with each book having a varied shape based on icons and New Mexican santero painting.
As in Codices Palimpsestus, several lists of words were used:
1. Words concerning writing like calligraphy, typography, manuscript, ligature, script etc
2. Words denoting part of something like palimpsest, snippet, flash, scrap etc
3. Some fragments of words to do with Sun Tzu such as ubiquitous, resilient, evasive, relentless.
Sewn on linen cords with black linen thread. Cedar siding used for boards. Cords attached through the boards and attached on the inside. Boards are wrapped with Japanese paper then painted with acrylic and varnished with acrylic varnish.
Drop back box lined with grey felt for storage.
cedar, paper, acrylic, ink, bookcloth
About the artist:
Laura Wait lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is married with one son, one-dog two cats, and grows lots of organic vegetables. Born in Canada, she grew up in Boulder, Colorado. She studied art history in college in New York, and received a BA cum laude, in Art History from Barnard College, Columbia University, 1975. She studied lithography and drawing at Otis Art Institute. Laura went to London in 1975 where she studied printmaking and bookbinding at Croydon College of Art for five years, returning in 1981. She has been an artist bookmaker and painter since her return.