Water: Spirit and Politics.

Fairview, NC: 2017. Artist's book, unique, on Rives BFK, signed and dated by the artist, Annie Cicale. Page size: 11 x 10.75 inches; 30pp. Bound by Jon Buller: black morocco and grey cloth over boards, pastepaper endsheets by Madeleine Durham, housed in custom-made grey cloth over boards clamshell box, with title lettered on white label in black on spine. WATER: SPIRIT & POLITICS is Ms. Cicale's statement - visual and written - inspired by the prints of Japanese master Hokusai, with texts selected by Ms. Cicale centering on the importance of clean water on planet Earth. She began with a steamroller print (allowing for large size) she created on masonite. The print was 3.5 x 3.5 feet and then cut down by the artist into these pages. The bold black and white steamroller print pages are powerful, lettered in a Neuland hand in either black or white gouache serving the texts that state facts about water and climate. The text blocks created on the print pages run horizontally as well as vertically, some framing the print as an "L" bracket, and some added to the print itself (in white they suggest the wave crests that appear on the lower half of the print). On the reverse of the steamroller print pages, Ms. Cicale has watercolored in shades of lavender, grey, and blue, abstract images inspired by the water shapes on the print on the recto. Over the watercolor images, she has lettered in pale grey additional selections. There is something suggestive of flowing water on the mauve-grey page spreads. Among her text selections are Loren Eiseley's, "If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water" and Leonardo's, "Water is the driving force of all Nature." The texts and images drive home the theme of the necessity of water while the juxtaposition of black and white printed pages with softer watercolored pages keep the reader / viewer intrigued and wanting to turn the page. Item #11497

Price: $5,000.00

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