Miami Beach, FL, 2011. Artist's book, unique, on Fabriano classico paper, signed by the artist, Rosemarie Chiarlone on hand-written laid in colophon. Page size: 15 x 12; 16pp. 8 of which contain Susan Weiner's poem, TWILIGHT, lettered by hand in pinprick perforations by Rosemarie Chiarlone, with each page trimmed to form reversing chevrons (V-shaped pattern) with the center of the book forming a diamond from the reverse-cut "v'" of each succeeding page. Bound by the artist: charcoal gray Brillianta book cloth over boards, hand-lettered label with title in black on front panel, matching doublures. The poem reads, "In twilight / the cosmic shadow / falls between duty / and the door / twist the knob / ever closer / obscure the chasm / caught in the bind." The text itself is produced using an ancient paper art form: pin prick. This means of reproducing the text also forms the art. The artist has used various sized holes, made by perforating the paper to form the words of the poem. The letters of each word are in lower-case script, the words placed on the cut-out V of the page to form another V. The method of creating the text by pinprick is ingenious; turning each page results in the "cosmic shadow" referred to in the text. The resulting book is the beautiful visual embodiment of the words. The pinholes that form each letter of the text let in light - as do the words of the poem. They also form an intricate, aesthetic design. As original a book as we've handled, this is a treasure. Rosemarie Chiarlone, a Miami-based artist, has had numerous solo exhibitions, including at the NY Center for Book Arts and the Miami-Dade Library System.The process of pinpricking can be traced back to China at the time of Sung Dynasty, then later through India (both for somewhat different purposes) and into Europe in the 18th century. In Europe it was originally connected with the process of lace making, beginning with an arrangement of pins driven into a pin cushion to form a design. Later pinprick paintings were often used for costume pictures and colored with watercolor. By the early 19th century pinpricking was so popular that special needles, varying in size from very fine to coarse, mounted in wooden handles, could be purchased from crafts shops. As a folk-art medium, it enjoyed great popularity in 19th century America. Pinprick images, one of the last paper-crafts to arrive in Europe and in America; did not last long and was one of the earliest to disappear - until this remarkable re-incarnation as a medium in contemporary book arts. (Inventory #: 11123)
Book arts, Livres d'Artiste, Fine Bindings, American Women Authors, Book Arts, Feminism, Fine and Private Press
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