mayan codices

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Laleh Khorramian’s collage, “MW-092 vesseldraft” and mayan codices referenced in her ghost ship.

CS: I remember those strips. It looked like there were figures drawn on them, which of course gave the impression that those figures made up the ship itself.

LK: Well that’s the point. I wanted this imprint on the memory. There are tiny figures drawn on them, but I extracted the figures most of the time, so it’s mostly silhouettes. I was thinking about Mayan codices and looking at the ship as the lexicon of a past civilization. I had hundreds of feet of the strips, full of drawings I’ve done. Actually, when I made those I sold them by the foot and that’s how I moved to New York. (Laughter)