Song of the Bear. Jacqueline Thurston.

Song of the Bear.

Palo Alto, CA: 1991. Artist's book, unique, poem on handmade paper and Cibachrome photograph, presented format of Russian icon in maple and ebony hinged box, signed by the author / artist on the back panel in black and dated. Size of box: 16 x 12-3/4 inches; opening to 15-1/4 x 11-1/2 inches; text on handmade ivory paper with strands of black fiber (referencing the pelt of the bear) by David Kimbell of Magnolia Editions. The box is by Chris Daubert with maple for the backdrop of the poem and ebony for the backdrop of the Cibachrome print. Walter Sparks selected and laid out the text which was set by Mackenzie & Harris and letterpress printed by Alan Hillesheim at Digger Pine Press. From the large deckle on the text page, to the black ebony setting off the Cibachrome print, this is an exceedingly beautiful and well-thought out work. The artist / author states that the "prose poem is a reverie - a fusion of a dream, an encounter in the wild with a bear, and a celebration of the feminine spirit. The imagery in the Cibachrome photograph, which I printed, features a fragment of a pelt killed by a hunter with a bow and arrow, the backbone of an Alaskan brown bear found in an Indian mound that pre-dates gun powder, and an obsidian arrowhead." Whether displayed or quietly contemplated holding as book, this is an intriguing art work, capturing a moment of the past eminently recognizable today. Item #11295

Price: $4,500.00

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