Friday Night Flicks: This Quickening by Stephanie McCollough

The featured artist’s book this week contains three pop-ups. They are unusual for two reasons: they are constructed from pieces of tracing paper painted with gouache, and they are abstract illustrations of poems. From the webpage:

For this pop-up artist book entitled This Quickening I was most concerned with visually externalizing an energy that I feel inside of me always: a constant sense of internal convection that could be defined as an abstract awareness of personal potential. I selected 3 poems that help define this energy (“The Wild Iris” by Louise Gluck, “Scented Herbage of My Breast” by Walt Whitman, and “Progress” by Rainer Maria Rilke) and paired them with abstract collaged forms that are activated by pop-up paper mechanics. Each poem is typeset simply, and appears on it’s own spread before each image. The form, movement, and color of the images serves to further express this energy beyond the language of the poetry. The pop-up images are intended to be visual metaphors for my own experience as articulated by the poetry. These moving forms also add a gestural nonverbal layer of communication that offers a fullness of expression beyond that achievable with words, like a dancer expressing a feeling through the movement of their body.

If you have a few minutes to spare this weekend, you might watch McCollough’s videos of ‘sketches’ she made for the book. You can find links to them on this page. If you wish to read the poems, you will find them at the following links:

The Wild Iris by Louise Gluck

Scented Herbage of My Breast by Walt Whitman

Moving Forward by Rainer Maria Rilke (This is a different translation. I can’t find Edward Snow’s version on line.)

About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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