Cornville, Maine: 2012. Artist's book, one of 12 copies, all on handmade paper by Katie MacGregor, each copy signed and numbered by the artist / author, Bonnie Bishop. Page size: 5-3/4 x 8-1/2 inches; 64pp. Bound by the artist: hand-sewn with Coptic style binding, single thread sewn through each of the 8 signatures, white wrappers stiffened with archival paper, title blind embossed on front panel, housed in white box.
Ms. Bishop has written 7 poems, all concerned with the female goddess as imagined by various cultures: Three Graces, Greece; Isis, Egypt; Inanna, Sumerian; Trivia, Rome; Kuan Yin, China. Her final verse reconciles the various deities - "We are all from the same country." The images are printed silkscreen and monoprint in gold and bright blue. The text is handset in Optima and printed letterpress by Scott Vile at Ascensius Press. The images, often forms associated with the Virgin Mary, or Russian Icons, or classical Greek images serve to highlight the text with negative space allowing printing of the text within the human form. Feathers, which appear in the first verse, are another theme, as are honeycomb patterns associated with bees. Ms. Bishop has created a lovely book with verse that is at once provocative and comforting. Item #10587