FIRE WOMAN LEARNS TO CARRY WATER.
1994. 6 1/4 x 10. Eleven double-spreads accomplished in acrylic, pencil, pen and gold leaf painting, and collage. Calligraphic text. Bound in highly textured, painted boards with an abstract design formed by onlays of various materials. Fine in cloth tray, which has a blind & gilt decoration. Item #17367
Edition of 1. Unique handmade, calligraphic book. Artist's statement: "The focus of Firewoman is fragments, sometimes illegible, of dreams important to me.// In attempting to break down barriers, my work links opposites, suggesting the interconnectedness of all things, the energy that transpires behind that which appears. I gather images from dreams, visions and ideals, each providing a plank for the bridge between: male/female; East/West; known/unknown; visible/invisible; light/dark; simplicity/complexity; conscious/unconscious; order/chaos; all of which comprise what we know as the final pairing: Life/Death." Proprietor of Quelquefois Press in California, Mary Laird has produced letterpress books since 1969, under that imprint and with her former husband Walter Hamady at the Perishable Press.