IMMORTAL WORD

Cotton, 18 Karat Gold, Mulberry Paper, Leather, Crepe de Chine, Organza, Book Board, Satin Ribbon, Wood, Ink, Bone.
6.5 x 3 x 9.25 IN | 16.5 x 7.5 x 23.5 CM (Dimensions reflect book/box)
2012

Contained inside is a deck of 52 individuals and their respective last words. Each of those included were executed for their political or spiritual beliefs and radical acts of self-determination. In the double-scroll, a new, collective statement emerges from the last words of individuals whose histories expand over thousands of years of socio-political geography.

Individuals include:

Anne Askew burned at the stake in London 1546 at the age of 24 for seeking a divorce from her abusive husband.

The Fourth Archbishop of San Salvador Oscar Romero shot mid sermon 1980 for speaking out against poverty, social injustice, assassinations, and torture.

Rabbi Akiva ben Yosef killed 135 CE by the Romans for teaching the Torah.