Gay Walker – Dancing Girls of Angkor Wat


© 2015
edition of 8
dimensions in inches: 4.5 x 2.75 x 2.75


About this piece:

Angkor Wat is so impressive, but more because of the thousands of stone carvings than the overall size. Around 1,800 dancing girls, or Apsaras, were carved in bas relief on the walls of the building. All were stately and beautiful, decorative and so carefully detailed, and each was shown with a unique hairdo and a complicated necklace. The artist photographed as many of these dancing girls as possible and transferred them into an interactive accordion-fold book form that works like a slinky. This work attempts to capture the beauty of the dizzying numbers of dancing girls and also to reveal women taken from many different cultures, the delicacy of stone-carving, and the desire to personalize and beautify.



paper, ink, marker, thread, binder’s board

About the artist:

Gay Walker is a book artist trained in bookbinding, letterpress, calligraphy, and graphic design. She has created her own style of personal, often format-focused, and sometimes quirky artist’s books since the late 1970s. Her books relate to her life, travels, and other cultures. Walker has experience in the book arts field as the Curator of the Arts of the Book Collection at Yale and the Special Collections Librarian at Reed College. She earned a BA from Reed, MSLS from Simmons, and MALS from Wesleyan University, and has lectured and written widely in preservation and the book arts.

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Gay Walker – Dancing Girls of Angkor Wat

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