Sanzi Kermes – IIITU – Price on Request

© 2015
edition of 1
18 x 18 x 4.8

about this piece


Created for the 2015 Ideation Experience exhibition.

paper, card, mat board, cloth


Artist Statement about work:

IIITU is a documented Scrabble game, visually interpreted on paper using screen print, wood block printing, and a typewriter. The book’s title derives from the letters leftover at game’s end. Subtitle is the score. Haiku (technically, senryu) were generated using the words played during the game. There are 95 pages to this book (one page per letter played). Each page is folded using a Turkish map fold, though modified slightly to cope with a large page binding. Three chapters are “bound” in a box that drops open upon lifting off of the box lid. Each chapter has been designated with a color, and the corresponding box flap matches that color. The title is neutral grey. Sample senryu (differentiated from haiku in that it does not focus on nature based themes):

Small fry ginger lad
Hard pressed to jell with elders
Gnarled wizened old gits
Me, myself, and I
You tag along behind us
Tea for two? No – four!
Blissfully cojoined
Each and every I and U
Suit to a tittle

Created using the following Ideation Deck card draws: color – single color; structure – single sheet binding; image – n/a; technique – low tech; layout – based on historic example; text – self generated image symbols; paper – multiple colors. Adjectives – layered, poetic, issue-based, descriptive, instructive/decorative.

About artist:

Sanzi received her MA while living in Leeds, UK (2008). She works in Baltimore, MD as a full time artist. Her work has been shown at Notre Dame University, Jordan Faye Contemporary, Pyramid Atlantic Juried Show during Book Arts Fair 2014, McLean Project for the Arts (VA), and is scheduled for a site specific installation at Glenview Mansion Art Gallery, Rockville, MD. Sanzi is a multidisciplinary artist, adept at watercolor, acrylic, collage. Her bookmaking endeavors are more recent. Her intention is to bind every book differently and pushing the envelope of book as object.

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Sanzi Kermes – IIITU – Price on Request