A.Musings. Suzanne Moore.


Vashon Island, WA: 2015. Artist's book, one of 26 copies, all on Rives BFK paper and Revere papers, lettered A to Z, signed and dated by the artist, on the colophon. Page size: 9 x 15 inches; 20pp. + colophon. Bound by the artist: painted maize colored Magnani Paper, with the letter "A" tooled in silver and gold gilt on front panel, rather abstract as if assemblage of bamboo, paper portfolio to house book. Titlepage extends across two pages and features a large script A, debossed followed by a smaller, printed MUSINGS (Bodoni Outline) separated by gold-gilt dot. Designed, hand-lettered and painted and collaged, printed monotype, debossed and hand-cut by the artist with hand-set type composition and letterpress printing by Jessica Spring at Springtide Press. Each page is an original composition capable of standing on its own. Yet, there is a narrative clearly evident in A.MUSINGS, and the reader / viewer is compelled to turn the page to find new images of the first letter. The beginning of the written word is no small subject; Ms. Moore has explored it in a previous unique book and here again rises to the challenge. With great subtlety and her usual sureness of technique, she explores historic forms of the letter, visually and textually. For any lover of language and art, A MUSINGS speaks directly and will resonate long after the pages are closed. The shaped printed page in Optima, which contains the artist's own definitions of the letter "A", is beautifully constructed and printed by Jessica Spring. The backdrop for this translucent page is a drawing, alluding to the geometric roots of classical Roman letterforms. The ending words, "Tops. First. Crème de la crème. Aleph" certainly apply to this book - as well as the letter A. A.MUSINGS final page is on a black painted ground with a plethora of vividly colored letter forms, all of the letter A. These A-forms (all but one of African origin), jostling up against one another, create a page of intense visual energy. This is in direct contrast to the previous pages of A's on white grounds, in black, highlighted with multi-color designs and gold gilt which are concrete and placid - suiting perfectly as these are representative of the Greek letter forms based on geometric shapes. A truly beautiful ode to the "vanguard" of letter forms. Item #10884

Price: $1,250.00

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