The traces and spaces that our bodies leave behind
(book is 7 x 12 x 4cm, box is 40 x 30 x 10 cm)
This artbook’s covers are formed from the hands' empty spaces, papier-mache from printed version of the Rambam’s Mishna Torah, whose handwritten fragment is one of the artefacts in the archive. Inside the book are drawings of the hand's empty spaces when gripping and holding. The negative spaces are cut out, revealing glimpses of handwritten notes and reflections of experiences in the archive.
The book is presented in an archive box, on Tyvek pillows, reminiscent of the way that the artefacts are presented in the archive. This is an art object for handling. From opening the box, to removing the pillows, holding the book, feeling it’s weight, turning the pages, it creates an intimate relationship between the reader and the book.
Residency for Manchester University’s Centre for Jewish Studies’ project:
50 Jewish Objects, July 2019