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Photospeaking and/or Photowriting

"ASL photocalligraphy Orihon" by Jolanta Lapiak
5.75" x 5.25", 16 pages
2007 (photocalligraphy), 2008 (japanese accordion book)

The term Orihon is a Japanese type of scroll book by folding the scroll into an accordion or concertina. Ori means fold and hon means book.

ASL Photocalligraphy Orihon is an accordion consisting of the images of ASL movements captured on the camera. Each ASL phrase comes with a translation in written English.

Jolanta Lapiak
Digital photograph, up to 13 x 19 inches
Halifax, Canada.

The Photocalligraphy series depict a trace of text in Ameslan or ASL (American Sign Language). The artist translates a selected English text into Ameslan or ASL and captures the movement of ASL into a digital image. This process refers to Derridean arche-writing and grammatology.
Great gift idea for a baby shower.