Patty Arnold

Walking along the scraped, scratched, graffitied walls of Viet Nam, I am struck by their relationship to the palimpsest pages of illuminated manuscripts—the simplest definition being a manuscript that has been scraped and reused. The photographs in this series are printed on rice paper in the manuscript page size of 6" x 10". The palimpsest process is extended with hand painting using mixed media: pencil, charcoal, Sumi ink, gold leaf, acrylics and watercolor—making each print unique. The images carry faint traces of inscriptions from an earlier time. Reading, language and interpretation is open*.

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The Calligraphy of Walls Part 2

  • Target Target Target
  • Between the Lines Between the Lines Between the Lines
  • Boundaries Boundaries Boundaries
  • Split Infinitive Split Infinitive Split Infinitive
  • Tow Two Tow Two Tow Two
  • Chromosome 2B Chromosome 2B Chromosome 2B
  • Broken Lines Broken Lines Broken Lines
  • In Full In Full In Full
  • Dots and Batons Dots and Batons Dots and Batons
  • Scholars List Scholars List Scholars List
  • Script Script Script
  • Reading right to Left Reading right to Left Reading right to Left
  • Recto II Recto II Recto II
  • Direction Direction Direction
  • Confucius Six Confucius Six Confucius Six
  • Confucius Two Confucius Two Confucius Two
  • Counting Counting Counting
  • Diffraction Diffraction Diffraction
  • Footnotes Footnotes Footnotes
  • Leaves Leaves Leaves
  • Initial Initial Initial
  • The Hidden Square The Hidden Square The Hidden Square
  • The Hidden Z The Hidden Z The Hidden Z
  • Label Label Label
  • Lift Lift Lift
  • Tracks Tracks Tracks
  • Margin Margin Margin
  • Notation Notation Notation
  • Palindrome Palindrome Palindrome
  • Manuscript Manuscript Manuscript
  • Colophon II Colophon II Colophon II
  • Traces Traces Traces
  • Three P Three P Three P
  • Duplications Duplications Duplications