The 99 Dreams of Euclid’s Wife

The first of June marked the beginning of my 99 day project for 2022. I have, in fact, been working on this for some time. The series of ‘drawings’ —archival pigment prints with additional coloured pencil— is called The 99 Dreams of Euclid’s Wife. Here’s Dream 1.

All of the images have the same background: a blue sky.

Each individual image is composed of nine elements made up of some combination of triangles, circles, and squares.

The patterns are all bilaterally symmetrical. Inspiration for them came from a number of sources: Middle Eastern embroidery,

mandalas in general and the yantras used in Tantric meditation in particular,

and, above all, Oliver Byrne’s book, The First Six Books of The Elements of Euclid (1847).

(The three images above are clickable and link to sources.)

I select a drawing for the day at random and colour it, using one of three pre-selected sets of colours. There is a tint set, a hue set, and a shade set. The choice of which set to use is also random, or at least arbitrary, based on which one I feel like using.

Here are Dreams 2 through 6. (Please note: the photographs are taken each day in available light after I finish colouring, so there is a certain amount of variation in the colour due to differences in the amount of light in my studio.)

If the complete set of drawings were to be exhibited, it would be a curator’s exhibition as much as mine. The curator would get to decide in what order/arrangement the work was displayed, which would affect the perception of viewers.

There is also a story to go with the drawings. I will share that next week.

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Since it’s the start of a new month, it’s the start of a new Book Arts Community Challenge.

I haven’t participated for a couple of months but, as a former weaver, I should be able to come up with something on the theme!


In other book arts news:

If you are interested in seeing who won top honours in Print Magazine’s awards for 2022, you can find a post with images of the winning works here.

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In other news:

The Venice Biennale 2022 is on. If you can’t make it to Venice this summer, you can still take a good look around on this site.

About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004. I also create prints and drawings that are frequently text-inspired or text-based.
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2 Responses to The 99 Dreams of Euclid’s Wife

  1. ch editions says:

    Cathryn,

    I love this project, bravo, and thanks for the link to the Bienalle.

    xxxx carole

    she/they caroleharmon.ca http://www.caroleharmon.ca/ byronharmonphotos.com https://byronharmonphotos.com/ writersradio.ca https://writersradio.ca/

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