Ephesia Grammata, or the Book of Spells, by J. L. Nash is a handmade, vellum-paged, handstitched book. It contains handwritten calligraphy, original texts and original illustration. It is leather and copper bound. It contains modern English and an amalgamation language developed specifically for this project that hails from Anglo-Saxon, Middle English, Greek, Latin and the imagination of the artist. The language has structure, form and tenses. Its syntax conveys the energy and magic of meaning, translated through the Modern English calligraphy on overleafs within the handmade book. In a time when language is ever changing and developing, this installation infuses old words with ancient human desires and needs through the spells of the incantations as heard on the soundtrack which accompanies it. The book is illustrated by Predrag Pajdic. (Predrag Pajdic)
Production and organisation: City of Women; In collaboration with: Škuc Gallery.