PAGES is an installation of 21 drawings that explore the possibility of breaking down a dichotomy between one’s self and the rest of the universe. Using imagery and texts from and inspired by scriptures such as the Dead Sea Scrolls, Old and New Testaments, Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, Dhammapada, Buddhist texts, etc., Sugden attempts to compel the viewer to “read” the visual language of the drawings intuitively. Each individual drawing has seven layered pages – seven being the archetype of completeness. The size of each page is phi, the ratio 1.618, also known as the Golden Ratio. The paper itself is handmade from the Daphne plant in the Himalayan foothills and is used by Buddhists monks for their woodblock printed prayer books.
PHILIP SUGDEN is an artist and filmmaker based in Findlay. He is currently a professor of studio art at Bluffton University. His work has been shown in more than 200 exhibitions in museums and galleries internationally, including New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Washington, Melbourne and Kathmandu.
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