The Fountain of Tears

Artist’s Book, 2003
Inkjet and mixed media
Edition of 100
Page 29.7 x 21.2 cm
Full linen binding

The title of this book comes from the Arabic name for the spring in a village outside Granada where Lorca was shot in 1936. He was buried somewhere in the olive groves in the hills nearby. Two predominant themes of love and death run through Lorca’s work, which often uses a form close to a song, with a haunting refrain; this apparent lightness of touch conceals a sense of barely constrained chaos. By layering the images, Rees Roberts has tried to convey the ambiguity and complexity of Lorca’s work, and his use of repeated images suggest Lorca’s subtly shifting refrains.