Palimpsest

New York: Béatrice Coron, 2021. One of 2 copies. In this intriguing work, book artist Béatrice Coron has created a book with pages that capture the mystery of the palimpsest. A palimpsest can be defined either as a manuscript or piece of writing material on which the original writing has been effaced to make room for later writing but of which traces remain; or as something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form. For this work Coron has affixed several tiny pieces of paper with handwritten French words to the pages, floating seemingly at random. There are also several pages where some of the paper has been cut out as if words have been erased, but then has handwritten text appearing over the cut-outs, leaving the viewer perhaps to wonder what has disappeared. Coron is perhaps best known for her paper-cutting skills and artistry that she brings to the books and installations she creates. Of these, most are what she calls narrative allegories in silhouette. This new book also draws on her paper-cutting art but in a manner much different from her narrative silhouettes. The book opens as a codex but has an accordion structure. It has grey cloth covered boards. In fine condition. Hand-cut with handwritten text. Size: 8 x 5.5 x .75 inches. ARTB/081921. Fine.

Item #35276

Price: $1,200.00

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