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Desire and the importance of failure : lo spirito della storia naturale

Author: Shelagh Keeley; Deborah Esch; Nexus Press.; Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games.
Publisher: Atlanta, Ga. : Nexus Press, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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Genre/Form: Artists' books
Glazed papers
Illustrated case bindings
Offset lithographs
Poems
Named Person: Shelagh Keeley; Shelagh Keeley
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Shelagh Keeley; Deborah Esch; Nexus Press.; Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games.
ISBN: 0932526535 9780932526533
OCLC Number: 36152382
Notes: Title and statement of responsibility from colophon.
Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (some color) ; 40 cm
Contents: This book is like a sacred memory: it visually carries the reader through a waking-dream state, offering doors through which one must enter and exit. This self-referential reverie in three movements contains images of mirrors and book covers that denote transitions from exterior to interior and out again. Between those reflections Keeley renders dresses, sheaths, baskets and other expressively-shaped vessels that overlap or extend photo transfers of the natural world; she responds intuitively to the character of flowing, gauzy fabric, speckled eggs in boxes, extinct plants and arcane medical illustrations. Gathering these curious images and placing them within a book-as-vessel, Keeley examines how they separate humankind from nature, how these containers may conceal passion and emotion. The deconstructed poetry of cultural theorist Deb Esch keeps quiet company with her wistful images and allows the book to be as easily read back to front in a way that recalls Keeley's first Japanese-structured books.
Other Titles: Spirito della storia naturale
Responsibility: by Shelagh Keeley and Nexus Press ; in collaboration with the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG) Cultural Olympiad ; text by Debra Esch.

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