limited edition art book
200 signed copies
artist Simi Ninati (DE), book designer Cleber de Campos (BRA/UK), printer Tiskárna Helbich Brno (CZE)
published Sept 2020
What is it all about ?
Fashion and fabric, the female figure, and her transformation with cloth, lead me to investigate the process of weaving, sewing and draping and it´s symbolic function of transformation. In 2011, from the practice of keeping a diary of drawings came the idea to make an artist book of my poetry and images.
AUF DER ANDEREN SEITE -
ON THE OTHER SIDE
is a bi-lingual book which includes some of my drawings from 1995-2011. Telling a cyclical tale, it was originally designed in 2011 as a handmade leporello that can be read from front to back and vice versa. I liked the idea to encourage the reader to view the story in a different way, to discover an intuitive reading by opening the pages at random.*
Aspects of dream work, female identity and psychoanalytic ideas of the double are woven together to explore and interpret possibilities of femininity. The drawings mirror my specific interest in ancient Egyptian art, the iconography of sacred code, metaphor... I search for holistic poetic vocabulatory.
The ancient Egyptian Book Coming Forth by Day, also known as Book of the Dead is a model attempt to encode timeless wisdom and served as an inspiration. A very personal story of transformation and overcoming individual crisis is told, only to realize it is the Hero´s journey and everyones story...*
drawings and words describe an emotional or spiritual state of being. Drawing and writing, and subsequently the experience of reading, act as witness and catalysts of change, expressing new personal knowledge. Contemplation leads to transformation. Words and images are recognized as instruments of creation.
Mystery and magic symbols are used not merely as decorative poetic devices but play role in a symbolic structure to tell a story for all who seek.*
In 2012, I did not finish the book...In 2019 I started the process of what I now call spiritual archeology... Like in archeological excavations, 'dig out / bring to light' my previously abandoned artworks. I finalized the text in early 2020, integrating all experiences which lead to writing and drawings.
* This text is the edited version of a text first published online on my Blog 0-0-be, 7 September 2012. My blog entries ended in 2013 and the blog is no longer available.
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