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Douglas, Helen, 1952–

In Mexico : Helen Douglas in the garden of Edward James.

Yarrow, Scotland : Weproductions, [2014]
Physical Description:
1 folded sheet ([92] panels) : color illustrations ; 15 x 145 cm, folded to 15 x 15 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
N7433.4.D68 I5 2014
Yale Center for British Art, Friends of British Art Fund
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Double sided concertina, printed offset, attached to green foiled card covers.
Limited edition of 500 copies.
BAC: British Art Center copy unnumbered. Accompanied by thin green wraparound band.
"This concertina opens in vibrant colour to reveal in progressive spreads of two, four and six pages a rich sensory exploration of Edward James' surreal jungle garden Las Posaz, in Mexico. Lush vegetation intertwines with the constructed buildings and staircases of James' imagination and with Douglas' own, in experiencing this garden and the rich culture of Mexico. Within the book the abundant garden is interwoven on the page with decorative threads from Mexican embroidery and feather work. Patterns of leaves are echoed by cut paper craft whilst the delicate encrustation of flora and fauna is enriched with ancient Indian beadwork. With the unfolding pages, from ground to tree tops, the viewer can ascend with the staircases and flit with the butterflies of the garden, suspending gravity and disbelief, venturing through gates and windows to boughs and fern vaults in the sky. And in so doing experience, within the small intimacy of book, something of the unfolding immensity of the garden and its timeless fusion of earth and paradise, real and surreal."--Artist's website.
Subject Terms:
Artists' books -- Great Britain.
Gardens -- Mexico.
James, Edward, 1907-1984. Pozas.
Sculpture gardens.
Women in natural history.
Artists' books.
Accordion fold format (Binding)
James, Edward, 1907-1984, writer of added text.

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