|Title||Lempris: The Rat Prince|
|Subtitle||The Rat Prince|
|Artist / Creator||Servane Briand|
|Press Name||a briand-mignot collaboration|
|Place of Publication||Palo Alto, CA|
|Contributors||Poetry and folding by Samuel Mignot. Original origami design by Eric Joisel.|
|Process / Technique||Archival Inkjet|
|Medium / Materials||Binders board, Sensuede, Charbonnel and Sennelier inks, beeswax, magnets, silk ribbon|
|Paper Stock||Kozo and Anna Amalia papers|
|Number of Pages||21 pages|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||6 x 10.5 x 6 inches closed.|
|Edition Size||Edition of 7|
|Signed & Numbered||Signed and numbered edition|
We built pyramids to the ancient kings. And still wonder at their mysterious beauty. Lempris, the Rat Prince, with his regal and Nietzschean lineage deserves no less of a monument as a tribute to his motionful struggles to meaning and survival. As the reader enters the secret chambers of the pyramid, he may discover the verse and lines that tell the story of a brave soul, not afraid to look inward and beyond the trivial segments, but determined to go to the end of it. A collaboration between mother and son, Servane Briand and Samuel Mignot, Lempris is also a tribute to the remarkable work of origami artist Eric Joisel who invented the rat figure. Reminiscent of the embalming materials of Egyptian mummies, beeswax features prominently in Lempris, adding transparency and a sense of timelessness to the work. Built to last, maybe?
Artist BioA French native, Servane first came to California in 1985 before completing her studies in New York and Milan. Since then, she has lived in San Francisco, Paris, and Palo Alto. She has worked in various fields and made a radical move from high tech to printmaking and book arts in 2006. She is currently an artist in residence at Cubberley Artist Studio Program in Palo Alto. Her books may be an attempt to gentle the information overload and make a pause in time, while she welcomes the wealth of data and ideas that are today's constant source of inspiration.