Friday, June 13, 2008

Volume 4: Grimoire

Started in 1998/1999 and "completed" in 2001 (prior to 9/11) this volume has a very witchy flavor. The book was a 500 page blank book (I removed a lot of them) and I carved a stamp and embossed the cover with it. The inside covers were covered with art paper printed with spirals.
My "audience" at this time was me and friends/daughters. I have never been a perfectionist and at this time I was still inventing the process myself, so my inner critic was well at bay and I didn't bother with backgrounds. But I still enjoy the starkness of the white pages.

The phrase "a woman of obvious power" was taken from "The Witches of Eastwick" by John Updike. There were also quotes from "Practical Magic" by Alice Hoffman.

A lot of the images I used reflected how I felt deep within. Sort of alone and floating in a misty world of possibility.

This is another example of color use and the start of images of women who don't fit commercial standards of beauty, but I find them quite luscious in their boldness.
Another recurring theme is my childhood and the objects that were important to me. The photo was taken after Christmas 1961 and developed in January -- The Shasta Daisies are blooming, I don't have sleeves or socks and that was a nice part about being a kid in California.

More magazine images I felt connected to. The 'remove before flight' tag on the broom was printed on clear label paper. I also liked images of hallways, paths, and stairs--symbolic of my personal journey.

Pink fantasies, pink marabou, pink telephones, fairy dust.
This was a perfect Spring day as I recall, and the images and poem enhanced it. Billy Collins is my favorite poet. Sometimes I did winter pages, but they never felt as good as other seasons.