A quote by an 8th century scribe
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Gouache, Miniatum Ink and 23k gold leaf
on Arches Watercolor Hot Press.
Every single time I look at a medieval manuscript, it is a very humbling experience for me. I feel so deeply touched and keep asking myself, under what conditions was it done? Who was the scribe, who was the illuminator? Were they working in freezing temperatures by candlelight? How many years in out of their lives did it take? What did they think about their work and their world? A scribe from the 8th century took the freedom to write this quote in the margin of a book on Burgundian Law, which he had to copy. The words truly speak for themselves. They also made me take a close look at many of the techniques and materials that the ancient scribes had to know and use, apart from the actual writing: preparing the vellum, grinding the pigments, using binders and glair, knowledge about storing everything correctly, cutting quills and reed pens, ruling lines, etc.
I wanted this work to be a kind of homage to the ancient scribes and depicted many of these techniques and materials in the flourished borders that surround the writing.