Sanzi Kermes

Scrabble Artist Books

Scrabble. A game with a fixed set of parameters, 100 tiles; 225 squares. How many variations from that beginning might occur? I explore this question both visually and linguistically. Visually, I create multilayer screen prints, evoking a sense of the change of the game board as game progresses. Linguistically, I use haiku (technically, senryu) as my narrative form when compiling, exploring, and mining the permutations of the language used during that specific game.

It is now my passion and my goal to push the boundary of what an artist book can be. How many ways can the book be bound? What defines a book? What defines an object? When is the book an art book? When is the art book a sculpture? When is the art book art?

Each book I create follows these criteria:

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Book title: letters left at end of game.
Subtitle: score of game
Haiku (senryu): generated from each word played during the game.
Title page is a haiku based on the title of the book.
Paper/structure: variable. Not limited to paper nor to traditional binding.
See NN below.

NN gallery

NN

A cunning double
Deep bog piques curiosity
Wars cry putrid fud

Sticky gooey glop
aimless fidgeting produces
paltry result goop

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NN.
Origami folded structure, no glue, bound using 40# fishing line.
A book in 14 chapters, each chapter containing pages strung on fishing line.
9' x 12', variable - $10,000

McLean Project for the Arts: "Strictly Painting 10" Award Winner, 2015

IIITU gallery

IIITU

Three eyes of beauty
Striking gaze reveals her soul
Five arms caress you

Blissfully cojoined
Each and every I and U
Suit to a tittle

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IITU.
95 pages, screen print with typewritten text and wood block on reverse.
Bound using a modified Turkish Map Fold, glued and chapter bound (3 chapters) with mat board.
Custom built presentation box, color coded for each chapter, sides of box fall flat open for easy viewing, $3200

GT gallery

GT

GT. Gran Turismo.
My brother loved to drive fast.
The wind billowing

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GT.
22" x 22", screen print on Indian Village cotton 440 gsm paper
22" x 22", screen print on Banana Bark 100 gsm paper
Custom built Japanese portfolio box (28" square, wood, covered with buckram) that opens flat-80" x 40"
Decorative tiles are 3D resin printed. POR ( Price on Request)
GT is also bound as a coffee table sized book - this edition is printed at outside source, carefully chosen for craftsmanship. 12"x12" square, $800.

UI 3 gallery

UI

UI pronouns left
You travel to parts unknown
I wait up for you

She so young. A naif.
Waiting and yearning for him
The fringe element

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UI.
11" x 8", screen print on Indian Village cotton 440 gsm paper
11" x 8", screen print on Japanese Uruyu 50 gsm paper
Coptic binding - the book opens flat. Custom built presentation box, two Scrabble tiles. $3200

ERR LEFT gallery

ERR LEFT

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Tres gauche bank Rive Seine Paris.
Free association

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ERR LEFT
This book has, so far, 2 iterations. Original is bound using a wooden frame with 2 steel rods.
Pages (17" square, Heritage WoodFree White 200 gsm and Japanese Uruyu 50 gsm) hang from the rods. $2000
Second iteration is 3 1/2" x 2" digital prints bound as flip book, $50, open edition.

UNLOOP AND BLANK gallery

UNLOOPE
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UNLOOPE and a blank
A nickname to separate
Lupie from Michelle

Lover roves over
Breathy steamy and sultry
Rover. Lie Down now.

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UNLOOPE + blank
8" x 11" screen print on Heritage WoodFree White 200 gsm
8" x 11" screen print haiku/senryu Archivart Glassine 41 gsm
Traditional binding $800

UL gallery

LU

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LU is the earliest version of my Scrabble series. At the time of its creation, I wasn't documenting the words that had been played, only the letters left at game's end. LU prints are sold singly.
Each print is $125.

NAN gallery

NAN

She calls her nan Ann
Cultural infusion sways
A Brit who breaks bread

Nit-sized grain blossom
Chameleon lime hues unite
Luminescent fen

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NAN.
8" x 11" screen print on Heritage WoodFree White 200 gsm
8" x 11", letterpress on Banana Bark 100 gsm paper
Hinge binding. $800.