New York: Béatrice Coron, 2002. Paperback. Number 3 of 3 copies. The skilled paper cutting in this book by well known artist Béatrice Coron is here inspired by a poem by Joachim du Bellay. du Bellay (1522-1560) was a French poet, critic, and a founder of the Pléiade. He notably wrote the manifesto of the group: Défense et illustration de la langue française, which aimed at promoting French as an artistic language, equal to Greek and Latin. In this poem printed here, he writes of the glory that once was Rome, but which as happens in the world, falls and what remains are its monuments and the Tiber River that continues to flow to the sea. Coron describes her book work: "For the last 20 years, I have been exploring visual storytelling in artist books, paper cutting and public art. Collecting memories from individuals and communities, I stage narrative allegories in silhouette to create a dialogue with the viewer in playful fantasies. These visual chronicles record archetypal stories that transcend time and space. I have been fascinated by the relation of people to their space and the sense of belonging. Using papercutting where everything is cut from a single piece of Tyvek, the profusion of individual stories makes a coherent whole world." [From her website]. Cristina Favretto, Head of Special Collections at the University of Miami describes her work in Coron's "artfragments" portfolio: "There is a palpable joy in the work of Béatrice Coron, the kind of joy we felt as children in unwrapping a particularly enticing holiday gift. But...for Béatrice the gift is a sheet of Tyvek...or paper, and the stories to be unearthed and unleashed within and through the medium." Hand-cut on one sheet of white Arches paper. Housed in a clamshell box painted gray and gold on its cover with a cut out design that reveals the poems title. In fine condition. Size: 5.75 x 6.25 x .75 inches when closed. ARTB/081921. Fine.
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