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Joëlle Dautricourt
The Book of the Happy Writing

15th April - 4th July 2010

Joëlle Dautricourt<br />SEFER HA-KTAV HA-ASHURI<br />The Book of the Happy Writing

Joëlle Dautricourt
The Book of the Happy Writing, 2009
© Joëlle Dautricourt

In the avant-gardes continuity of artist book and typography, The Book of the Happy Writing proposes in a play form but rigorous to deploy on the virtual scroll of the computer graphics artist, the wisdom, the intelligence and the knowledge of the scribe.

Composed by a set of twenty-six colour plates, The Book of the Happy Writing appears as a celebration of Jewish scripturality, huge visual poetry fresco on the Hebrew letter under all its space-time.

Being inspired by the rules of traditional hermeneutics as much as language mystic, the work revisits the Jewish written corpus - from the first inscriptions to the medieval manuscripts till the Yiddish press, from the synagogal scroll to the amulets.

In a contemporary visual language, The Book of the Happy Writing renews with the age-old tradition of the copyists of Hebrew whose excellence brings the graphic games humor to the top of scriptural art.

It also inscribes itself in the dimension of marvellous inherent in the Midrash and gives to the dynamics of its own experience of comment the face of a biblical enchantment.

Radiating from a central theme, the verse 2 of the Psalm 45 :

« My tongue is the quill of an expert scribe »

The Book of the Happy Writing revives with the original means of the computer tools this peculiarly inspired art of the pages setting and composes an hypertextual score of which the letters are the emissaries.

Paris, 5770/2009


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