[…] Throughout his career Kiefer was a maker of books, one-of-a-kind works like medieval manuscripts. His most monumental expression of this interest is “The High Priestess/Zweistromland/Land of Two Rivers”.
This sculpture consists of two bookcases (labeled after the rivers Tigris and Euphrates) containing about two hundred lead books, all on a superhuman scale. Some of the books were blank; others contained such things as obscure photographs of clouds or dried peas. It was a many layered work dealing with the artifacts of knowledge. […] *
July 28, 2012
Tuesday I went with an artist friend to my usual haunt on the Vermilion River, but then we walked quite a way upriver in the water, which was very low. It’s just amazing how the look of the shale changes from spot to spot. I’m going to have to do some research about it. Some is very hard; the water sculpts ridges in it over time, but it does not flake. Some is very flakey and crumbles when you walk on it. And much is of variable sturdiness in between. The color changes, too, but most is some kind of bluish grey. Yum. We had rain last night and this morning, but I don’t think it will be enough to prevent my walking across the river tomorrow. I can hardly wait. . . . The first photo here is about how a leaf bled its color into…
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