Seda Espinosa / Thorny Silk
Michoacán, Mexico: Ioulia Akhmadeeva, 2021. Hardcover. Number 2 of 5 copies. This beautiful work is from Russian born book artist Ioulia Akhmadeeva, who has resided and worked in Mexico since 1994. She is a full professor of the book arts at the university in Morelia, Michoacá. The text of the book is a Spanish poem by González on the transitory nature of life, using the life of a rose as metaphor. The "poetry talks about the ephemeral life of roses. [The author compares a rose to three ages of women with supporting illustrations of roses and portraits of women. The variety of] page formats supports the narrative about the ephemerality of life itself" (Akhmadeeva). The poem is inkjet printed on small floral themed papers that are bound with Ioulia's full page evocative and mysterious engravings. Printed on kozo paper and handmade paper with dried rose petal inclusions. Bound in beige patterned yotsume toji silk covered boards with metal corners. In fine condition. Measures 9.25 x 12.5 inches. 24 pages. ARTISTSB/043022. Fine.