Water Is Life. Texts by Isak Dinesen, Sir Isaac Newton, Lao Tzu, et al. Also Annie Cicale. Annie Cicale.

Water Is Life. Texts by Isak Dinesen, Sir Isaac Newton, Lao Tzu, et al. Also Annie Cicale.

Fairview, NC: 2018. Artist's book, unique, on Rives BFK, signed and dated by the artist, Annie Cicale. Page size: 11 x 7.25 inches; 48pp. Bound by Jon Buller: black morocco and grey pastepaper by Madeleine Durham, also used as endsheets, housed in custom-made black cloth over boards clamshell box, with title lettered in black on white spine label. The book originated with a steam roller relief print about 3.5 x 3.5 feet, which the artist cut into pages adding words about water in a kanji script. Hand painted and hand lettered over, around and on the steam roller print, Annie Cicale has used gouache, watercolor and gold leaf to decorate the pages. As the steam roller broke down, the artists substituted a pickup truck to apply pressure - which proved inconsistent resulting in some pages with a grey tone and some of the sumi washes from the verso seeping through the paper giving it a wider value range. The texts are from a variety of sources, including the artist's own haiku in small letters on several pages. She has added kanji characters many pages; each of these is a word relating to water, tooled into squares of white gold. While a steamroller does not immediately come to mind as an agent of randomness, it certainly has functioned in this capacity in WATER IS LIFE. The pages are designed to capture the viewer / reader's imagination and provoke affinity for the message. Conservation of our planet is now the necessity. Item #11499

Price: $4,500.00

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