Pitaka Taik

The Pitaka Taik, the “Library of Buddhist Scriptures” is the 16th drawing in the Anastylosis Project. It was built in 1058 by King Anawratha to house Buddhist scriptures seized in the conquest of Thaton. The drawing is on laminated rag and rice papers and is unframed, as would be true of the original palm leaf books and scrolls in the library.

Archaic Buddhist script is used as a drawing element, along with collaged sections from earlier drawings that contain text to reference the building as a repository of knowledge. My interests in the role of writing to preserve and distribute information has led me to further explorations along these lines, including new work produced as handmade books.