Ana Maria Pacheco
Sheba and Solomon
Artist’s Book with original hand-coloured drypoints throughout by Ana Maria Pacheco and a sequence of poems by Ruth Fainlight. Printed in an edition of 20 + 2 artist’s proofs, 2 printer’s proofs and 2 archive proofs on Somerset Book soft white, 175gsm. Text set in New Baskerville. Page size 20.4 x 15.5 cm | 8 x 6 ⅛”. Full leather case binding in a drop back box
Six of the drypoints in this book are available individually in a separate edition of 15
The artist’s book, the livre d’artiste, has, and especially in France, a unique place in the art of the preceding and present twenty-first century. The creation Sheba and Solomon (artist’s book) makes a magnificent contribution to this genre. Working in collaboration with Ruth Fainlight . . . both poems and prints give the ancient story’s source a decidedly twentieth century twist. The small format of this volume, encased in crimson leather, contains in its pages a mytho-religious world clothed in the imaginative colour of its verbal and visual language. The vignettes, like the marginalia of medieval bestiaries and illuminated books, and like those uniquely developed by Blake in his illuminated books, are here given in their exquisite embroidery of flora and fauna the most recent continuation of this tradition . . .
Annela Twitchin, extract from ‘New and Recent Prints’ in Collected Essays: Texts on the work of Ana Maria Pacheco, Pratt Contemporary Art, 2004. ISBN 0 9518049 8 7