They're All Dead Now
Sculpture. 2008. 5.75" x 6" x 1". 
Shreds, cork board, book board, acrylic paint, ink. 
The Writer's Failure
Accordion Book.  2008.  1.5" x 1.5". 
Shreds, book board, Canson paper, ink.

Dear Editors
Miniature book & letter.  2008.
Book:  1" x 1.25".  Shreds, Canson paper, ink.

This Again
Circular book.  2008.  5" x 2.5" x 1". 
Shreds, Bristol board, toothpicks, ink.
Miniature book.  2008.  1 1/2" x 1 7/16". 
Shreds, book board, rice paper, acrylic, ink.

Meditation wheel.  2008.
Shreds, Bristol board, acrylic wash.

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My Characters Were Not Able to Come Fully to Life
Altered Book.  2008-09.  6.25" x 9.5" x 1.75". 
Old book, shreds, Canson paper, cut rejection letters, acrylic paint, ink.

Tunnel Book with casing.  2008.  4 3/8" x 3" x 1 1/4". 
Bristol board (casing), shreds, index cards, ink, acrylic paint.

Don't Go Out
Accordion book. 2008. 2.25" x 3" x .5". 
Book board, shreds, ink.

Mask.  2008-09.
Mask form, shreds, acrylic paint, ink.

In Memoriam:  Gaza, January 2009
Accordion book.  2009.  3.5" x 4.5" x .5. 
Book board, shredded paper, laser printed copies of photographs, paper from childhood sketchpad, ink, arabic coffee.

This book does not use shreds from the novel, but is integral to the collection.  As I labored to express my emotions about the 2008-09 siege of Gaza, I realized I was entering into that state of revising rather than expressing.  I shredded what I had been writing and made this book.

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Expectations of Insight, Again
        Accordion book.  2009.  1.75" x 2.5" x.25".
 Book board, ink, c.170 shreds.
        Reconstructed page.   2009.  4.75" x 5".
Shreds, ink.

Remember (I)
        Miniature book.  2009.  4.75" x 5.5" x .75". 
Heavy paper, shreds, acrylics, inkjet copies.

As I sifted through the shreds, I realized that I was most affected by words and phrases to do with Lebanon, where I was born and raised.  I collected them like talismans, unable to let go.  In exploring why this should be, I began to seek the precise correlation between the fictional world of my book with my own memory and experience.
Dead Language
Scroll.  2009.  12" x 2.25". 
Toothpicks, shreds.

Remember (II)
        Book sculpture & miniature books.  2009.  4.25" x 3.25" x 1.75" (closed). 
Shreds, inkjet copies of photographs, letters, and other memorabilia, paper, old bullet from Lebanese civil war, Italian gettone, graphite, acrylic wash.

This book-sculpture continues the search for the truths behind my fiction.  The novel's language fragments guided me to my collection of letters, photographs, and other memorabilia.  Placing these resonant, deeply personal objects alongside the crystalline fragments from my novel led me to a purer understanding of my own experiences.

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The catalog box contains a fraction of the thousands of cards that belonged to my father, who was an Egyptologist and a linguist.  The cards are now in disorder, their original function void and their meaning open to interpretation.  The book I made describes my quest to find some link between my father's dismantled catalog and my shredded novel.

Miniature book and catalog box with cards.  2009.
book:  4.25" x 4.75" x .125"
Heavy paper, shreds, acrylics, inkjet copies.

patricia sarrafian ward

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