New York: Béatrice Coron, 2007. Number 5 of five copies. A beautiful artist's book made by hand-cutting black Arches paper to create five mysterious silhouettes of the heads and shoulders of women. They are labeled "L'Alchimiste" - the alchemist; "La Gastronome - the gourmet; "La Voyageuse" - the traveler; "La Branchée" - the trendsetter; and "L'Artiste" - the artist. The first and last folds of the paper have the title and the date and number of the edition. The book is in fine condition. It measures 6.5 x 39 inches when extended. French born Béatrice Coron is a renowned artist whose work includes book arts, fine art, and public art. Her work can be found in major museum collections, libraries, as well as private collections in North America and Europe. Her books are fascinating creations made through cutting images in Arches paper or Tyvek. Christina 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." 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]. Fine.