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Published 1995 | 44 pp
11" x 8 1/2"

Cloth over boards
Out of Print
Edition size: 40

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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.


Page Details
Cover large
pp. 7-8
pp. 31-32
pp. 41-42

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