Ironically, the first copy of Thought Forms I was able to find was printed entirely in black and white. Originally printed in 1905, Annie Besant and C.W. Leadbeater created one of the first attempts to put form to thoughts and emotions previously deemed beyond vision.
Over one hundred years later, I am still fascinated with the ideas presented in this book. The possibility of making the unseen visible and giving form to that which is outside of normal vision, continues to expand through artistic practice, scientific invention, and imaging technologies.
Besant emphasizes the task of the artist in the foreword to this book:
to paint in earth's dull colours the forms clothed in the living light of other worlds is a hard and thankless task; so much the more gratitude is due to those who have attempted it. They needed coloured fire, and had only ground earths.
I want to thank Sacred Bones for making this beautiful book accessible once again in the way it was originally intended to be. Thought Forms is a reminder that we still need coloured fire, a vehicle to understand our past a little clearer and bring the present into sharper focus.
Including contributions by Mitch Horowitz, Dr. Victoria Ferentinou, Troy Conrad Therrien, Dr. Tessel M. Bauduin, and R. H. Quaytman.
More information can be found here.
(endpapers I designed for the book as well as some selected pages)
PRESS FOR THOUGHT FORMS:
Included in MAGIC, the latest addition in the Whitechapel Documents of Contemporary Art Series
I wrote about creating the book for Talkhouse.com
New York Times T Magazine
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Aquarium Drunkard Book Club
Kickstarter's "Season of the Witch"
Shindig Magazine (print)