Illuminated miniature

This small piece, Manuscript I (2010) is made from silver leaf, wax, and collage. The tiny page from the Koran is a found object–no kidding. I found 2 loose pages on the sidewalk in San Francisco about 17 years ago. It was right around the time I was taking my first Arabic class from Nabilah Shehadeh at San Francisco State University. I was flabbergasted to find these pages (1  1/2 x 1 5/8 inches)  laying on the pavement like dry autumn leaves and have kept them in my wallet all these years.

I am a librarian and artist living in Eugene, Oregon — where it is often damp and always green.