by Susan Bee
Inspired in part by the melodramas and mysteries published in popular magazines in the 1880s, Susan Bee's Talespin evokes a contrasting sensibility: images of childhood mingle with the unexpected dangers and pitfalls of adulthood. The theme that emerges from this stream of associations is a Blakean loss of innocence and gaining of experience, with a healthy dose of feminism and postmodern irony thrown in. Fractured nursery rhymes and distressed images are juxtaposed with new and found images, realizing a brightly colorful and imaginative transformation of the illustrated book. The sub themes of the book are violence, desire, romance, procreation, sex, birth, death; expressionism leavened with grains of humor and fantasy.
Susan Bee's collages were printed offset on Rives BFK, then hand-painted. Bound in cloth over boards by Daniel E. Kelm and staff at the Wide Awake Garage. Signed by Susan Bee. 30 for sale, 10 hors commerce.