Chinese calligraphers of old were taught never to tear or misuse any piece of writing even after it has served its purpose. Instead, all pieces of writing were burnt in a little pagoda found in every district of a city. This
burning was an act of respect for the written word. Driven by this philosophy, calligrapher Malik Mazlan and poet Dave Tai explore the longevity of the written word. How far can a piece of writing go if, instead of being
destroyed, it is remade into a canvas, forming the foundation of a new work?
Afterwords is a collaboration between Malik and Dave to incorporate paper-making into their respective art forms. Malik and Dave turn paper waste from drafts, past projects and personal items in their lives into new canvases. New poems and calligraphy
are inked on these canvases, creating a multi-layered commentary on their past works, sustainability and growth.