about this piece
This paperback contains all four of The Raj Quartet novels by Paul Scott, nearly 2000 pages. Making the folds gave me plenty of time to reflect on The Jewel in the Crown series, based on Scott’s novel, that enthralled me in the ’80’s. The gash represents the Partition that created Pakistan from India in 1947, and it speaks to the suffering of the journeys of dislocation. This is a wound that has not healed. The elephant is a symbol of the former British rule in India, which was behind it all.
Altered book, paper, acrylic paint
Barbara Hosein discovered book arts in 2010 and has worked full time as an artist ever since. Her themes are connection, reconciliation, remembrance, and enigma. In her previous career, she worked as a scientist with a PhD in biochemistry, developing diagnostic tests for HIV and hepatitis C virus. She currently lives in Carmel, IN, though she frequently travels with her husband internationally and spends time with her two grown children and four grandchildren in Maryland and California.