Vashon, WA: 2006. Unique Artist's Book, signed and dated by the artist, on the colophon. Hand painted, lettered, sewn, and collaged by Suzanne Moore in layered pencil, gouache, acrylic, 24k gold leaf and palladium on Arches Text Wove paper, Saunders paper, and Japanese papers. Page size: 9 inches x 12-3/4 inches; 28pp. Bound by the artist: brown Cave Paper, deep terracotta end papers also dyed by Cave Paper, housed in tan cloth clamshell box with white label painted in black (acrylic) ink with red to highlight the letter "A" in AMUSINGS and underlined in gold gilt, inset into box spine, new. There are 14 pages that are lettered and painted, many of which are collaged with various papers that have also been painted, shaped, cut out, sewn, and otherwise manipulated by this talented artist. Each page is an original composition capable of standing on its own. Yet, there is a narrative clearly evident in AMUSINGS, and the reader / viewer is compelled to turn the page to find a new astonishingly beautiful image. The beginning of the written word is no small subject; Ms. Moore has risen to the challenge with this magnificent book.
With great subtlety, her usual sureness of technique, and an astonishingly powerful conceptual aesthetic, Suzanne Moore uses her new book, AMUSINGS, to ostensibly focus on the letter "A" and its place as the first letter of the alphabet. She explores historic forms of the letter, visually and textually, creating a sumptuous visual feast that is at once provocative and allaying. Using various texts as inspiration, she sets forth her own theories, incorporating words in her paintings, concerning the development of "painting speech" and its importance in human history. For this reader / viewer, she answers once and for all the question of "Is it Art or is it Craft" - at least with regard to her work. For any lover of language and art, AMUSINGS speaks directly and will resonate long after the pages are closed.
Suzanne Moore, noted book artist and teacher, is again creating one-of-a-kind artist's books after several years as Art Director of the Lettering Design and Font Development Group at American Greetings and continues working on illuminations for the St. John's Bible. She is the only American woman chosen as an illuminator for the project. Item #9818