Performance artist Berenice Rarig borrowed her husband's 1863 family Bible for a special project.
She opened the Bible to the beginning, where illuminated letters started the first book, Genesis, where God brings order out of chaos.
Her hands grasped the gilt-edged pages.
Rarig knew her fellow artists would appreciate the value of a family heirloom. And they would understand how much it would cost her to deconstruct it.
Rarig tore the book of Genesis into one-inch squares. She wove the squares into scarlet silk fibers, making a 20-foot cloth that floats with words and glows with light. [Link]