New York: Béatrice Coron, 2014. Number 4 of 4 copies. An accordion book hand cut on Tyvek and mounted on translucent white paper, which tells the story of Daphnis and Chloe, two children of noble birth that are abandoned by their parents, fall in love, are separated, and survive many hardships before being reunited for a happy ending of love and marriage. The story begins in Winter and ends in Spring. It can be displayed in a circular fashion so that the story and seasons repeat. Housed in a fuchsia cloth covered folding case with a paper square label mounted to the interior. A transcript of the text which is handwritten along the bottom edges of the pages of the book is printed along the four sides of the square label. Handcut on Tyvek. [8 pages.] Size: 55 x 5.5 inches.
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. Her books are fascinating creations made through cutting images in 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]. ARTB/102723. Fine.