PICK OF THIS WEEK - Week # 41
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This work is by Reggie Ezell
This text is a very short excerpt from the extremely long narrative poem by John
Masefield, a retelling of the entire Arthurian legend. Guinevere, now having been
the prioress of an abby for decades, ponders over her life, her love, and her loss.
“Alas, a woman knows
The rind without may deaden under blows
But who has peace
When all within’s a rose.”
from preface of ‘Quill” journal, 1990
Thirty-five calligraphic artists from around the world were invited to participate in this special issue of “Quill”. Each were given a letter of the alphabet which was to be the intent for their art. They were also given the size sheet (8 ¼” x 7 ½”) and the possibility of four flat colors to reproduce their work.
The result is this alphabet portfolio, a unique collaboration with the artists, the Michigan Association of Calligraphers, Mohawk Paper Mills, and the Michigan Counsel for the Arts. Susan Skarsgard: editor/designer.
I was assigned the letter R. I composed it of hundreds of strokes with a small pointed brush. I wanted this to be not only a letter but an image that suggested emotional disquietude. The background was a sheet of fig bark paper made by indians in Central America. I wanted the lettering of the quote to quietly drift atop its turbulent background: a question as yet unanswered at the end of a very full life.
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