Nag Hammadi

5″ x 3.5″, 72 pages mud papyrus
Acrylic paste paint, collograph prints and collage on mud papyrus.
Single quire binding with brown leather cover and black tackets

Thirteen single quire codices, or manuscripts, dating from the 4th century, were found in 1945 near the Egyptian town of Nag Hammadi, buried in an earthen jar. This piece began as a1/4 scale replica of Codex VI, (which wrapped in the opposite direction), in a workshop taught by Julia Miller.

The poem in this book comes from a text in one of the codices entitled “The Thunder, Perfect Mind”. Spoken in the voice of a feminine divine power it reads in part:

For I am the first and the last.
I am the honored one and the scorned one.
I am the whore and the holy one.
I am the wife and the virgin …
I am the barren one, and many are her sons …
I am the silence that is incomprehensible …
I am the utterance of my name.