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Owen, Jan
Waves. Sonnets by William Shakespeare
Belfast, Maine, 2018. Unique artist's book, in the form of a scroll, on red, blue and pale gold Hollytex, signed and dated by the artist, Jan Owen, on the rolling tube. Page size: 47 x 8.5 x 2 inches; 3pp. Bound: hanging scroll which rolls up to cylinder-shaped object housed in custom-made lidded box with title hand-lettered on top. The artist has selected texts from Shakespeare's Sonnets (#60 which is encoded in binary; 65; 17, 19, 55). Executed in acrylic and ink, the text is visible through the opaque papers with the text blocks visible at least in outline from page to page. The red of the setting sun is highlighted by the brilliant gold gilt of the previous hours topped by the bright blue of the sky. The various lengths of text blocks (visible on the opaque pages) conjure up waves against the shore in an altogether magical setting. Shakespeare's timeless meditation on love and death is presented here in a beautiful form.
Bookseller: Priscilla Juvelis, Inc. [U.S.A.]
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