New York: Béatrice Coron, 2023. Hardcover. Number 3 of 3 copies. A comical poem about angels with a papercut illustration on black Tyvek by Coron. Stern's poem reads: "Whenever I think of angels, I get really angry. I want to rip their halos off, kick them, bite them, punch their pretty little faces and pull the feathers out of their little wings, one by one. Angels don't have to go to work, pay the bills, or fill out forms and wait, for their names to be called. They never feel too hot or too cold, Don't sweat, itch, fart, go bald or get old. It pisses me off! I would be an angel too, if I had no problems." Appropriately, Coron's illustration depicts angels playing music on clouds in the sky while humans toil beneath them on earth. The artist comments: "I read Mick Stern’s poem and had this image of a cloudy sky and a dreary hard day, while the angels had a party up in the sky. It made me smile and I had to cut it! I made the cover with eggshells as I was wondering if angels have wings, should have they shells too?" The booklet is housed in a folder with cloth spine and boards decorated with mounted bits of broken eggshells that have been sanded flat by artist, creating an interesting pattern of spots. Printed title label to front board of folder and first page of booklet. A playful piece, typical of Coron's whimsical style. Size (open): 7 x 12 inches. Case: 7 x 6.5 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] Cristina Favretto, Head of Special Collections at the University of Miami describes Coron's 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." ARTB/030923. Fine.