A Book of Bones

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French full leather, montage sur onglets


  • author: Servane Briand


  • Kai Gallagher: Laser etching support


16 x 15 x 3.3 cm


EV of 3


full natural goatskin, edge-to-edge goatskin doublures, suede flyleaves, silk endbands, laser etched design on covers, spine and doublures, digitally printed on Fabriano Artistico watercolor paper with Epson archival inks, partially covered in Herbin brown ink.

A book of bones was born at the Galerie de Paléontologie in Paris, France. I wanted to pay tribute to the scientific process; one that takes patience, resilience, hard work but also intuition and creativity; great scientists, like great artists, imagine the impossible. They make the leap.

I spent hours studying our current knowledge and folklore of bones, researching material, following leads, discovering the most recent understanding of bone development as well as arcane matters that relate to bone preservation, ethnic or religious rituals. It was a fascinating process, at times overwhelming.

The current book can be approached from various perspectives, as a reliquary, an archeological dig, a poem on bones, a celebration of carpe diem, but also and maybe more importantly, a way to honor generations of paleontologists who relentlessly and carefully examine and reconstruct our past in order to understand our present and imagine our future.

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