Melbourne, Australia: Masterthief, 2009. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Bound by master binder Friedrich Pohlmann. "One Way Home takes the form of a private devotional codex–an intimate book for personal use much like a medieval book of hours. However, it becomes immediately apparent after a few pages that this is not a tribute to the Divine, but rather an internal dialogue of spiritual turmoil.
'I have recorded in this book the times I've ventured towards
hope on dead seas in rotting boats – trusting these cheating tides
I make the deep hole of myself and wait to snare my God alive'
Lyssiots asks a great metaphysical question in One Way Home–how can we continue to believe in God when we find our faith questioned by human experience? In the colophon he somewhat answers this through reference to the writings of Nikos Kazantzakis, the great Greek philosopher of the twentieth century who was repeatedly censured by the Church. Kazantzakis' viewed Christ's struggle as defining human experiece, and we too must struggle with have, have doubt in God and enjoy human pleasures to end up with any certainty of belief.
It is essential for Lyssiotis that this book is in manuscript, as each word is written it is clear that the work is a personal release for the artist. As he debates his choice between piety and humanity, Lyssiotis approaches the final truth engraved on Kazantzakis' epitaph: 'I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free.'"
A deeply personal work by one of Australia's most reknowned book artists.
"Peter Lyssiotis is a photographer/photomonteur, filmmaker, writer and book artist who has worked in the field of bookarts for over 25 years." Fine in Fine Slipcase. Tight, bright, and unmarred. Full vellum binding, exposed cords, gilt and red ink lettering. Small 8vo. 92pp. Illus. (color and b/w plates). Numbered limited edition of 10 copies (plus 3 AP), this being 1. Signed. Item #8738