East Hampton, NY, 2015. Unique artist's book, all on Richard de Bas paper, signed and dated by the artist on the colophon page. Page size: 10 x 6-7/8 inches; 56pp; including titlepage and colophon. Bound: loose in tan wrappers laid into tan paper over boards book block with gold paper spine, boards lined with hand-made black and white decorated papers; housed in custom-made tan cloth over boards clamshell box by Joelle Leavitt Webber of Mermaid Bindery with photocopied negative image of Whitman and title "As I Ebb'd" on the spine. The artist, Barry McCallion, writes in his colophon that he has combined lines from Whitman's poem with portrait photographs of the author, taken throughout his life, adding "Photograph by photograph, year upon year, the poet is captured, ebbing as we all ebb." Some of the Whitman images are behind a woven paper tapestry, eyes with focused gaze through the woven paper (behind bars or just hidden?). Other images make up the tapestry. The artist has manipulated the black and white images and silhouettes, interspersing them with the text appearing on brightly colored papers - yellow, red, aqua. The result is a book of diverse page spreads, each intriguingly beautiful, and reflective of Whitman's lines, "Paumanok there and then as I thought the old thought of likenesses…" (Inventory #: 11075)
Book arts, Livres d'Artiste, Fine Bindings, American Women Authors, Book Arts, Feminism, Fine and Private Press
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