Outside Myself 3. Elizabeth McKee.

Outside Myself 3.

Pasadena MD: 2009. Unique artist's book, #3 in a series of 6, this on Arches Text Wove paper, signed in pencil and dated by the author / artist, Elizabeth McKee. Page size: 9-3/4 x 5 inches; 8pp. Bound: by the artist / author: accordion fold with hinges strengthened with momigami paper used for cover, coral momigami paper over boards, paper decorated in gold leaf with Ms. McKee's distinctive singing bird on front panel, housed in coral and blue pastepaper paper over boards clamshell box with title in gold gilt on spine, box a tiny bit rubbed at tips, else fine. Ms. McKee's poem is lettered in white pigment uni-ball Signo broad marker against a ground and illustrations in ink, acrylic modeling paste and iridescent pastels. The poem, whimsical with a child-like simplicity and rhyme, is accompanied by broad-stroked images of a figure, tree, and a wild-looking road (or storm vortex) in colors of blue and gold. Is the voice that of a child - or a child's toy? The poem starts, "Outside myself there is a bed / and on that bed is me. / Outside my bed there is a room / as cozy as can be. / Outside my room / there is a tree / with branches wild / and free /Upon that tree are / six weird wrens / all going hee! hee! / hee..." Simple enough text until the images becoming more menacing and the text more insistent. A thoroughly enjoyable, charming book demanding regular re-visits. Item #10765

Price: $950.00

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