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Veronika Schapers

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To create Wurmzauber, Torinoko paper was cut and mounted on red kozo paper, dyed with black shoen ink, and printed in black by zinc-clichés. The pages are stitched to the cover. A Torinoko cardboard cover, held together by red Kozo paper joints and dyed with black shoen ink, completes the work.

Artist Veronika Schapers said: “In this book I have used the Old Saxon version of the “Wurmzauber," a magic charm from the ninth century. A worm that together with its brood causes a serious disease shall be expelled by this magic charm. Most probably, the disease referred to was consumption, because it was said to be transmitted by worms. The text is distributed generously on pages that first have been painted with black Chinese ink. Guards of red paper break up each page.”

Press: Constructed by the Artist
Date: 2002
Number and Edition: 8 of 25
Size: 5.25” x 13.25”

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