About this piece:
Humans have sought many ways to guide them through life: physical guides such as maps, spiritual guides such as religion. The pockets of this book contain -in no particular order- replicas of some of the tools that humanity has used over the centuries to find paths through life. Some items here are serious and some, like the paper fortune teller, less so. Included are simulacra of the oldest known maps made by man: a chart of the night sky over Nineveh, circa 3300 BCE, and a map of the city of Nineveh, circa 1400 BCE. There are objects representing magic and religion, math and divination. There are symbols of good luck and protective amulets If you ask the right question, the paper fortune teller may even tell you which path you should take.
Extensive research was done both in books and on the internet to collect images and concepts. All images are either personally created or from the public domain. All text is original.
paper, cotton cord, toner
About the artist:
lives in Grasswood, Saskatchewan, Canada
Cathryn Miller is a Canadian book artist. She has been producing limited edition and one-of-a-kind artist’s books under the imprint Byopia Press for more than a dozen years. Her works have been included in more than sixty exhibitions, and are held in both private and public collections around the world.