Iceblink. Inspired by the Scrapbooks of Marie Peary Stafford. Carrie Scanga.

Iceblink. Inspired by the Scrapbooks of Marie Peary Stafford.

[NP: but Portland, ME]: 2019. Artist's book, one of six copies, on Rives de Lin paper, each page a double - affixed to preceding page at spine and foredge, signed and numbered by the artist, Carrie Scanga, on the colophon, which is also the rear pastedown. Page size: 11 x 10 inches; 28pp. Bound by Martha Kearsley of Strong Arm Bindery, drum leaf style, white cloth over boards with "ICEBLINK" stamped in gold on front cover, white dust jacket on French paper, printed with title in gold gilt on spine. Printed letterpress by Scott Vile of Ascensius Press in 12pt. Bodoni. There are 13 double-page engravings, many of which have been overprinted with monotype stencils of elements / objects taken from the writings in Marie Peary Stafford's journals. The artist's statement notes that she spent a year immersed in the Journals of Marie Peary Stafford, daughter of Arctic explorer Robert Peary which are housed at the University of New England's Maine Women Writers Collection. Her focus was on Peary Stafford's 1931 journey to Greenland to build a memorial to her father's expeditions. The engravings are evocative of the icescape views of the north and are based on Peary Stafford's photographs. The everyday objects she carried with her (a ukulele and two coats, for example) make the voyage tangible. ICEBLINK refers to the perceptual phenomenon of white light reflected onto the underside of clouds close to the horizon from distant plains of ice. The resulting pages expose the reader / viewer to something of the rigors of Peary Stafford's voyage as well as the beauties encountered by her. Item #11481

Price: $2,500.00

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