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CATALOG NO. B89-2018
Vessel of Secrets - 12 drawings

7.5 x 11.25 x 1 closed
12 original drawings in acrylic ink on handmade paper.
Binding - Copper sheet with patina and letterpress image over binders board.
Paper by Twinrocker: Not Quite White and Mowhawk Via for interleaving and endpapers.

Reason Belief Truth Cover

Vessel of Secrets - 12 Drawings shown with the original Vessel of Secrets

See also Vessel of Secrets Artist Book Edition

Click on the images for an enlarged view of the work and more information.

Vessel of Secrets was inspired by "The Nature of Things" written
c. 50 BC by the Roman philosopher and poet Lucretius.


From “The Nature of Things” I distilled twelve ideas, or secrets, I consider to represent some of the fundamental ways the universe functions. The ideas deal with the physical sciences, biology and philosophy, and are personal observations. The cover image is a dodecahedron, a twelve sided perfect solid, and is the shape of the original book. This soild represented the universe in the ancient world.

Each of the twelve secrets is represented by a drawing and hand lettered text.

Vessel of secrets closed

Vessel of secrets drawing I

Vessel of secrets drawing II

Vessel of secrets drawing III

Vessel of secrets drawing IV

Vessel of secrets drawing V

Vessel of secrets drawing VI

Vessel of secrets drawing VII

Vessel of secrets drawing VIII

Vessel of secrets drawing IX

Vessel of secrets drawing X

Vessel of secrets drawing XI

Vessel of secrets drawing XII