Garden in the Mind. Texts by Kabir, Sarah Margaret Fuller, Hypatia of Alexandria, John Stuart Mill, Li Po, Liliane Kell, LaoTzu, Anonymous, Mary Wollstonecraft.

Stillwater, ME: 2018. Artist's book, one in a series of two, each consisting of 9 fascicles, each separately bound, all on handmade paper by Katie MacGregor, each with original eco prints by the artist, the prints on Arches text wove, text selected and hand-lettered by the artist, signed on the hand-lettered colophon on the rear inside tray case of clamshell box, Nancy Ruth Leavitt and dated 2018. Page size: each 11-1/2 (H) x 8-3/8 (W) inches; each fascicle 9pp. including wrappers, 81pp. total. Bound by Joelle Webber in 9 different pastel-colored handmade MacGregor paper wrappers, each hand-numbered with an original eco print of a leaf, each leaf different, hand-sewn and tied with silk ribbons in 9 pastel shades; housed in custom-made green fabric over boards clamshell box with label lettered by artist in green on grey paper on spine, inset dedication "for L." on inside front tray case and colophon on inside rear tray case, a subtle and elegant presentation. The texts vary from one line to 22 lines. Each is profound, reflecting on life and eternity. In perfect harmony with the plant material immortalized in the prints, colors and materials and lettering are thoughtfully integrated. The philosophers included all relate the human condition to nature, and the artist reinforces the connection with the organic lettering in earth-toned gouaches. From Margaret Fuller's (#2) pithy observation, "Very early I knew that the only object in life was to grow" to the lengthy text by Lao Tzu (#7) which concludes, "Don't accept the modern myths of aging. You are not declining. You are not fading away into uselessness. You are a sage. A river at its deepest and most nourishing. Sit by a river bank sometime and watch attentively as the river tells you of your life" the reader / viewer is taken on an exploration of self through the natural world. It is a journey worth making. Item #11429

Price: $8,500.00

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