The spark for Bloodstone Bhava occurred at a gathering of writers when poet CA Conrad gave each of us a piece of bloodstone. I photographed pine needles, an emergency call box, a cocktail glass, sidewalks, human shadows, and rough bloodstones; then mixed them with screen shots of brain cells, chromosomes, fingerprints, braille and Sanskrit letters, genetic codes, DNA sequences, and cardiograms. I wrote and revised the poetic text during the art making process. The resulting artists book refers to similarities and differences that influence and continually shape the diverse meanings we give to our own personal and cultural identities, as well as those of others.
It also encompasses the idea that eventually we will all return to a state of elementary particles, traces of which may be recycled into the likes of rocks and light waves. The word “bhava” means state of mind, continuity of life and death, the arising of living beings in particular forms, and ecstasy.
|Place of Publication||Tucson, Arizona|
|Printing/ Reproduction Process||Inkjet|
|Book Structure/ Binding Method||Coptic binding|
|Paper Stock||BFK Rives paper|
|Number of Pages||80 pages|
|Dimensions (WxH) or (WxHxD)||7 x 5.25 x 1.25 inches closed|
|Edition Size||Edition of 3|
|Signed and Numbered?||Signed and numbered edition|