Kest Schwartzman is a metalsmith trained at Massachusetts College of Art. She has been making masks for over a decade. She is now embarking on a journey to make a mask for every creature in the 1969 version of Borges' "The Book of Imaginary Beings" as translated by Norman Thomas Di Giovanni
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Antelopes with Six Legs, Chapter 8
From Borges- "Siberian myth attributes six legs to the first Antelopes. With such an endowment it was difficult or impossible to catch them; Tunk-Poj,the divine huntsman, made some special skates with the wood of a sacred tree which creaked incessantly and that a barking dog had revealed to him. The skates creaked too and flew with the speed of an arrow; to control and restrain their course, he found it necessary to wedge into the skates some blocks made from the wood of another magic tree. All over heaven Tunk-Poj hunted the Antelope. The beast, tired out, fell to the ground, and Tunk-Poj cut off its hindmost pair of legs. 'Men' said Tunk-Poj, 'grow smaller and weaker every day. How are they going to hunt the Antelopes if I myself am barely able to?'. From that day on, Antelopes have been quadrupeds.