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Art of the possible

J. Robinson is on a mission to transcribe the Bible into works of art


A PICTURE is worth a thousand words. This picture is made up of a thousand words and a few hundred more. J. Robinson of Testament Script writes drawings, er... draws writings... well, he is taking the Bible out of the book and putting it into photo frames and wall hangings.

He's on a mission to transcribe the Bible into works of art. Each picture is painstakingly created. So if you pick up a framed Book of Mathew, you'll find all the psalms written out in minute alphabets, the gaps between words and lines forming a picture of Christ. Robinson says he puts down a pencil sketch of the figure he has in mind and then starts writing the chapter, filling the gaps around the outline. The result is a Bible that can be hung on the wall or placed on a tabletop and glanced at without having to leaf through hundreds of pages to find your favourite chapter.

"This will create an interest in the Bible," he says. "It's aesthetically appealing, even if you're not religious. I also want people to realise that art is not costly." The tabletop version of the Psalms of David costs Rs. 100 — "I just use a ballpoint pen and paper, and then hire a carpenter to make a frame. Anyone can afford it." His wall hangings and frames would make great gifts, he says.

He's been involved in copying the Bible in miniscule letters for the past one year but says it'll take another two years to finish the whole book. Meanwhile, he's planning to take orders from people who want their portraits done in words. "I can draw a portrait with the alphabets that tell the story of the person's life. Or if you want your house sketched, I can do that too with words of a prayer or inspirational quotes."

He says his 13-year-old inspired the art when she asked him to "draw something for me that no one has seen."

For details, call Robinson at 26218042.

S.U.

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