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
Sunday, October 23, 2011
The Monkey of the Inkpot: Chapter 77
Monkey of the Inkpot: Copper
From Borges: "...Then a person sits down to write, the monkey squats cross-legged nearby with one forepaw folded over the other, waiting until the task is over. Then it drinks what is left of the ink, and afterward sits back on its haunches, quiet and satisfied" This text appears to be quoted by Borges from Want Tai-Hai. At any rate, i thought it adorable. The text on here is the paragraph typed in the kickstarter video. It took three tries to get the etching the way I wanted it; lacy in some parts, a little more solid in others. I wanted a monkey made of words, words so jumbled by being drunk up that they were no longer truly legible.