This project is based on the rhetoric of ekphrasis. The project revolves around a piece of artwork by an artist from the the twentieth century and a piece of writing or literature which responds to the artwork.
The focus of the project was on the drawing; "Schiele Drawing a Nude Model Before a Mirror" by Egon Schiele and also a letter Egon Schiele wrote to his friend Oscar Reichel.
I chose to celebrate the life of Egon Schiele, but also to give insight to the mind behind the artist. Egon Schiele was an extremely tormented individual and the purpose of the book is to shed light on the decaying of his mental state throughout his life.
The continuous text in the book involves a psychological analysis of Egon Schiele based on his work, the running text in the book is contrasted by delicate watercolour mark-making and typographic interpretations which evolve over the course of the book, becoming more intense and also give a sneak peak of what is happening under the surface of the page.
The book is French folded and perforated so that when the reader breaks through the fold of the page what is revealed is a part of a much bigger picture, a huge typographic interpretation of the letter Egon Schiele had written. is much larger interpretation is shown on an accompanying huge poster which comes with the book.