Richmond, VA: 2020. Artist's book, one of 4 copies, all on Rives paper signed and dated on the titlepage by the author / artist. Page size: 8.25 square, 36pp; with several fold-outs, cut-out and a pop-up. Bound by the artist: accordion fold with the reverse folds printed and decorated with screen prints in black, grey, orange, and a variety of stamps featuring birds collaged on several pages.
The artist has printed her text in Roboto and carefully surrounded it with screen prints, flights of imagination juxtaposed with everyday objects (chair, tea kettle etc.) The story, The Good Woman, is a magical tale about how beauty comes to earth. It begins with a woman starting out on a journey on which she is following her intuition. She encounters difficulties, but are they real or imagined ones? As the story progresses one comes to understand that the woman is responding to circumstances of which she has had no control. She is fulfilling a mission that she didn't originally plan.
The first two pages of the story have a pattern of foliage and shapes that appear again on the last two screen-printed pages. This pattern is reused in a different context to illustrate their realized potential under different circumstances. At the start of the story, the pattern is black and white with a tonal collage application. It is rich without depth. At the end of the story, the same artwork is colorful and helps to illustrate the explosive nature of the change that finally erupted.
This is a beautiful imagining of the power of art and beauty in one's life. With nods to Native American myth as well as modern art (referenced by image from Chagall painting and one from Liechtenstein print) Mona Bagby has created a story with her own distinctive voice. Item #11534