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Departure
Pasadena, MD, 2015. Unique artist's book, on Arches Text Wove paper, signed by the author / artist, Elizabeth McKee in pencil on the colophon page. Page size: 11-7/8 x 13-3/4 inches; 12pp. Bound by the artist: brown cloth spine with red cloth over boards painted with white "glyphs" on front cover, housed in red cloth clamshell box with white runes on top front half as if part of larger circular motif - the Phaistos Disc, a Minoan artifact, actually a holy relic of the mother goddess, from 1700 BC. Painted in jeweled and earth tones in pastels made permanent with the application of SpectraFix, with the addition of acrylic ink and paint, Ms. McKee has created her own translation of the glyphs of the Phaistos Disc. Ms. McKee started this book in 2008, finishing it in 2015. When she started DEPARTURE, there seemed little chance of the Phaistos disk being translated. However, in 2014, Dr. Gareth Owens announced that he and John Coleman had "cracked" the Minoan disk. Owens concludes that the disc may contain a prayer to a Minoan goddess. The earth tone-painted pages of the book are Ms. McKee's own imaginary interpretation of the Phaistos Disc characters - but her story is as much a prayer to a female deity as the Owens' translation. She has created pages that are irregularly shaped with fold-over edges, attached folders, as well as unfolds at bottom; however, all the fold-overs work together to create a unified page design. It is as if the reader / viewer were excavating while reading - exposing multi-layers of images - reflecting the actual discovery of the Phaistos disc in 1903 on the island of Crete. This book evolved from random marks made on a full sheet of paper made by five women meeting together one day to work on their art. Ms. McKee took the remains of some of their prints and a dragonfly stamped image and created her own world of swirling circles and fleeing female figures from this maze. Reflecting traditional Minoan images and myths, this book is very much a contemporary feminist statement. McKee's images of a small female figure in white outlines against increasingly dark jewel-colored pages insist the reader / viewer accompany the female figure on this journey through a labyrinth opening to freedom.
      [Bookseller: Priscilla Juvelis, Inc.]
Last Found On: 2015-10-11           Check availability:      Biblio    

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