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Outside Myself 6.
Pasadena MD 2009 - Unique artist's book, #6 in a series of 6, this on Arches Text Wove paper, signed on the colophon in pencil and dated by the author / artist, Elizabeth McKee. Page size: 9-3/4 x 5 inches; 10pp. painted on reverse side of each page as well as on the lettered pages. Bound: by the artist / author: accordion fold with purple momigami paper over boards, front cover with onlay of gold gilt paper in shape of diamond, ivory Japanese endpapers collaged using rice paste with squares of assorted shapes and sizes and colors randomly sprinkled (think confetti), housed in purple momigmi pastepaper over boards clamshell box with title in gold gilt on spine, front cover with inset collage of smaller gold gilt diamond on larger darker purple diamond. Ms. McKee's poem is lettered in white pigment uni-ball Signo broad marker against a ground and illustrations in ink, acrylic modeling paste, as well as Koh-I-Nor coloured pencils, Derwent Inktense and Metallic pencils and USArtQuest's Stargazers pearlescent watercolors. The colophon page is recycled daphne paper. The poem (same as in OUTSIDE MYSELF 4), whimsical with a child-like simplicity and rhyme, is accompanied by thick (three-dimensional) broad-stroked images of a marionette with leg askew on child's ball, the puppet laying down as the sun comes peeking up over the horizon, with wild-looking swirls of ribbons in colors of purple and gold, followed by images of children peacefully in their beds with brightly colored coverlets while the toys mayhem surrounds them. This second poem in the series is in the voice of a child's toy. The poem starts, "Outside myself / there is a great big room / where I lie scattered with the other toys. / Exhausted from a night of going Zoom / and racing up and down with little boys. / Clutching paper jets we all karoomed while marionettes whirled wildly spreading joy. For night had banished crankiness & gloom." The poems ends, ".but toys must wait for night to have their fun." Simple enough text until the lettering takes on a whirling Dervish quality - as do the objects in the room: marionettes, children in their beds. All is askew - and the image of a peaceful nursery upended. A thoroughly enjoyable, charming book demanding regular re-visits. Certainly this would appeal to the child in any reader. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Priscilla Juvelis Inc., ABAA]
Last Found On: 2014-05-25           Check availability:      AbeBooks    

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