Hester. Emma. Sonia. Joni. Annie. Tracy: A Postmodern Discourse.
New York: Intima Press, 2021. Limited Edition. Hardcover. "Hester . Emma . Sonia is a feminist reading of the three literary classics. The volume gives voice to the main female characters, Hester Prynne, Emma Bovary, and Sonia Marmeladov, and presents multiple voices in dialogue.
The subtitle, Joni . Annie . Tracy, highlights contemporary singer-songwriters Joni Mitchell, Annie Lennox, Tracy Chapman and other favored musical artists including Janis Joplin, Etta James, Leon Russell, Paul Simon, Mary J. Blige, Laurie Anderson, and others, whose poetic lyrics provide commentary in the margins. Text of philosophers, writers, and poets such as Simone de Beauvoir, Virginia Woolf, Karen Horney, Jean-Paul Sartre, Julia Kristeva, Rainer Maria Rilke, William Blake, and Arthur Rimbaud, are incorporated into brilliant typographical designs, deconstructing the original narratives. A selection of text is in Latin, French, and Russian.
Numerous reproductions of artworks: paintings, drawings, and photographs from earlier in the Artist’s 40-year oeuvre, along with recent drawings and calligrams, adorn the pages. Additional references are made to contemporary issues including Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter protests. The three sections are abridged and combined into one volume, reframed to create a critical dialog in the 21st-century. The resulting layered narrative recontextualizes the stories, bringing additional voices to the fore." [artist statement]. Fine in Fine Archival Box. Tight, bright, and unmarred. Deluxe edition aqua blue full leather cover of Sokoto goat with red leather spine, black raven images foil-stamped, and gray leather onlay. Title foil-stamped on fine Cowley’s vellum calfskin, sewn and bound by Celine Lombardi. Small 4to. Limited edition of 32 (26 Standard; 6 Deluxe), signed by the artist. Item #11447