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Whitmore, Ian

[Cut-paper toad, reproduced in "Othello, a bestiary with floral additions" by Borbonesa].

[Brighton, England] : [Borbonesa], [2011?]
Physical Description:
1 cut-paper work ; 24 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
N7433.4.W555 O84 2011a
Yale Center for British Art, Friends of British Art Fund
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"'Othello - A Bestiary (with floral additions)' is a wordless reworking of William Shakespeare's 'Othello' as an illustrated collection of common, rare and fabulous animals. In removing the text, Borbonesa presents a deconstructed version of 'Othello' in which the storyline is plotted by the guinea-hens, baboons, blind puppies, strawberries and figs that inhabit the speeches of Shakespeare's human characters. These faunal and floral forms are arranged in their original sequence so the structure of the play is visually revealed."--Publisher's website.
BAC: British Art Center collections also include a copy of Othello, cataloged separately (N7433.4.W55 084 2011).
Unique cut-paper toad, which was photographed, reduced in size, and printed (screenprint) in Borbonesa's Othello, a bestiary with floral additions (2011).
"Toad illustration paper cut is based on an un-credited image from Purnells Concise Encyclopaedia of Nature, 1978 edition, printed by Purnell and sons limited"--Artist's statement.
Subject Terms:
Amphibians -- Great Britain.
Artists' books -- Great Britain.
Cut-out craft -- Great Britain.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Othello -- In art.
Toads in art.
Cut-paper works.
Artists' books.
Borbonesa (Artist's group)

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