Beneath the Stream. Texts by Matthew Arnold, Viktor Frankl, Virginia Woolf, Henry David Thoreau, Pablo Neruda, John Tagliabue, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Iris Murdoch. Jan Owen.

Beneath the Stream. Texts by Matthew Arnold, Viktor Frankl, Virginia Woolf, Henry David Thoreau, Pablo Neruda, John Tagliabue, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Iris Murdoch.

Belfast, ME: 2018. Artist's book in the form of a scroll, on blue and pale gold Hollytex polyester, in acrylics and sumi signed and dated by the artist, Jan Owen, on the rolling tube. Page size: 24 x 11.25 x 2 inches unrolled; boxed (rolled up) is 3.5 x 11.25 x 2.5 inches, 6 pp. Bound: as hanging scroll which rolls up to cylinder-shaped object wrapped in maize colored Hollytex and housed in custom-made lidded box of blue pastepaper with hand-lettered in black on pale gold, paper label. The artist has selected a variety of texts with the theme of mortality, the ebb and flow of human life. She has encoded in binary code the Matthew Arnold quote, "Beneath the stream, shallow and light, of what we say we are, beneath the stream, as light of what we think we are, there flows with noiseless current, obscure and deep, the central stream of what we are indeed." The text is visible through the opaque papers with the binary code executed in gold, highlighted with a disc of gold. A watercolor in black with gold gilt is the last page - abstract but completely meaningful in light of the texts. The gold gilt binary code runs vertical with the black text horizontal in front of it. In all an intriguing and beautiful design, perfectly interpreting the texts featured. Item #11415

Price: $1,300.00

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