New York: Béatrice Coron, 2001. One of 12 copies. In this lovely book Béatrice Coron illustrates and decorates this poignant poem, “Sardines a l’Huile” (Sardines in Oil) by Georges Fourest. Fourest (1864-1945) was a well-known French writer and poet. His poem describes the sad fate of sardines in their oil filled tins and imagines them freed after death to ascend to a paradise for fish where they may swim and pray for us. Coron combines her papercutting artistry with handmade papers for this book. One sheet of paper includes dried bits of sardines! In a cloth covered binding with a cut-out to front cover to display the title. The rear pastedown has a holographic color diorama of fish swimming in the sea. A silver string with a tiny metal fish attaches the text pages to the binding. Ink jet printed. In fine condition. Measures 5 x 6 inches.
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]. ARTB/081921. Fine.