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Pages from the Manual on Dismantling God

Philip Sugden's avatar Philip Sugden

Each page is an exploration and a rediscovery of meaning in images that I have worked with over the years, some based on drawings created on location in India and Tibet. The text includes quotes from the Dead Sea Scrolls, New and Old Testaments, Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, Buddhist texts, physics, astronomy, music, etc. The languages include Devanigari Sanskrit; Peshitta Aramaic; Greek; Tibetan; binary code and Vulcan, among others. This work is usually hung in a circle form when space allows it. The circular form for the installation is based on the archetypal circle as “universality” or “wholeness,” and acts as a pilgrimage space as viewers to make their way around the interior. There are twenty-one pages numbered in order of primes and hung in the order of chance after throwing the I-Ching to determine the position for each page. Each work has seven layered pages, archetypal for “completeness.” The length and width of each piece was decided by using phi, the ratio, 1.618, or the “Golden Ratio.” The paper is handmade from Himalayan Daphne and used by Buddhist monasteries to woodblock print their prayer books and mantras. I bring this paper back from a village in the Himalayas.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 13 feet
  • Medium: Ink and gouache on handmade Himalayan paper; PVC pipe.
  • Width: 13 feet
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 10 feet