Miami Beach, FL, 2014. Artist's book, unique, using a variety of materials to form a triptych, boards painted metallic silver with onlays of two acrylic and gouache painted paper onlays labeled, "INDEX" - the first numbered 1-10 and the 2nd, 11-20., signed and dated on the colophon by Rosemarie Chiarlone on the back panel. Page size: 13.5 x 8 inches; opening to 16-5/8 inches. The text of the poem appears on the 2 hinged panels that open to form the triptych of stained tissue sections on glass microscopic slides in cardboard slide folder. The text is hand-lettered in black ink and reads, "Out of the pink / and into the blue / 42 year old / with breast cancer / status post chemo and radiation / now with weight loss / and liver mass / under the scope / detecting the truth / metastic triple negative / ductal carcinoma / of the precarious point / uneven balance / divorced, unemployed / with boy, 7, girl, 8 / mother deceased at 40 / metastic breast c a / BRCA mutation positive / between surviving and thriving / anarchy and vibrancy / searching for answers / under the glass / amid colors of eosin, carmine / and blue."The poem, OUT OF THE PINK, addresses the issue of connection / disconnection to life. The story of a progressing illness is seen through the eyes of both the effected patient and the dispassionate physician pathologist and reflected in the tissue slides used to follow the progression from vibrancy to sickness to death. Interwoven personal stories reduced to a number, one of twenty, and twenty text results. A beautiful and moving visualization of a complex and compelling subject - familiar to all yet remaining an enigma to the lay person. (Inventory #: 11076)
Book arts, Livres d'Artiste, Fine Bindings, American Women Authors, Book Arts, Feminism, Fine and Private Press
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