2007 · Marshfield, MA
by Krause, Dorothy Simpson
Marshfield, MA: Viewpoint Editions, 2007. Artist's book, one of 26 numbered copies, all on Hahnemuhle paper, each numbered and signed by the artist in pencil on the final page. Page size: 4-7/8 x -5- 9/16 inches closed and 19" long when opened, 6pp. Bound: accordion style with red printed canvas covers, the front cover printed with etching after Gustave Dore with Krause's addition of the hat painted red, and the title, LITTLE RED A CAUTIONARY TALE FOR GIRLS OF ALL AGES, housed in black paper envelope. The text is printed on the 4 front pages at the bottom of the images, "Sometimes, I explain, it's hard to tell the difference between the ones who love you and the ones who will eat you alive." It is also printed the 2 pages on the reverse which contain a more significant portion of text from Ms. Steiber's poem above an image of a doll, in greys and brown, sprawled below the text. The doll, the artist tells the reader / viewer, is one that she had as a child. When turned upside down, the little red riding hood doll is a wolf, in grandmother's clothing, with a music box embedded in her back that played "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf."
The text is printed three accordion pieces at a time, front and then back, on a large-format HPZ3100 inkjet printer, then cut apart and assembled. The artist has modified the 1869 Dore etchings by highlighting the caps worn by "Little Red" and the wolf in red. Ms. Krause has created a witty update of this traditional child's fairy tale by pairing Ms. Steiber's 1994 poem with the well-known 1869 Dore images, slyly manipulated to be completely contemporary. (Inventory #: 10252)