Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Blind Commandments and Fire Commandments

Braille has always been fascinating because it's a translation in the same language. It's beautiful but that's not the purpose. I learned to read (by sight) so I actually found the section in the bible that has the 10 Commandments.

Laminated 10 Commandments

Braille on the left, laminated on the right

It seemed obvious that negating the 10 Commandments in braille would come in the form of lamination but I became obsessed with braille. I wanted to elaborate the visual aspects of braille and I wanted to some how come up with a way to put my own words over the braille but writing in English was not enough. I decided to locate the letters on the pages and used the synesthesia alphabet color codes to paint the letters that would form my words. I also wanted more conceptual interpretation.

The Bookshelf Spits

a blaze of blue and red and orange.

I scream in skin-scented sentences
nouns and verbs in vivid hues.

The TV becomes and inferno

whispering infomercials up my nose.

Echoes of soot and gold smoke smears

fill the kitchen corner with me.

What color will I become in my own fire?

I decided put this poem over the bible because of its subject matter. The idea of burning in our own fire is a translation of many of the bible's stories.

theworstpictureblogever.blogspot.com for more detailed pictures of the poem.

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