Garden of Eden

Garden_of_Eden

11” x 5”, opening to 33 inches, 12 pages. Box 12-1/8 x 6 x 6 inches. Unique book.

The book contains images of Durer’s Adam and Eve, Simone Martine’s Angel Michael and a serpent from a natural history source. The images and the text, Robert Frost’s poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” are pigment printed in black on orange Mi Tiens paper, collaged onto Arches cover black. The poem is printed with Bickham Script Pro and the title uses the typeface James II WF. The apples, held by the figure in each of the three images, are of copper leaf.

The verso of the concertina is a continuous image of a bucolic landscape from a sheet of decorative black and orange Mi Tiens paper.

Housed in a wood box with vines carved into the domed lid, the book sits on top of a specimen of poison ivy encased in a block of Acrylic. A black grosgrain ribbon lifts the book.

Priscilla Juvelis says: “An arresting juxtaposition of text and image and object, this Garden of Eden is one that can endure. A most provocative presentation of Robert Frost’s poem, “Nothing Gold Can Stay” relating the natural world to moral questions.”