New York: Béatrice Coron, 2014. 4 of 6 copies. A delightful papercut book about falling through the holes of one's memory and having memory lapses. It features several popular scenes from Alice in Wonderland including the Mad Hatter's tea party, the caterpillar, and rabbit holding his pocket watch. It also includes other symbolic memory related scenes with elephants, people falling down "memory" holes, finding other connections, and digging themselves out. Handcut on black Arches paper. Housed in a black papercovered folding case with a decorative pattern of silver dots. The title with edition number and artist are printed in a circle mounted on the interior of the rear panel of the case. Four panels. Size: 29 x 7.5 inches (open); case: 8 x 7.5 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.