About this piece:
Cities and Skies uses excerpts from Invisible Cities, a novel by Italo Calvino, © 1972 by Giulio Einaudi Editore. Calvino’s book presents descriptions of 55 imaginary cities as told to Kublai Khan by the explorer Marco Polo. For this piece, I’ve worked with the five cities in the ‘Cities and and the sky’ sections of Calvino’s book – Eudoxia, Beersheba, Thekla, Perinthia and Andria. Lauren Winges created the original drawings, which were converted to digital files for laseretching onto cast acrylic pages. A series of threads connects the outside front cover through each page to the outside back cover; each side of the rigid, transparent pages features one of Lauren’s drawings and includes the name of the city that inspired the drawings. The full text of the five chapters used as the basis for the project is printed on a scroll that is mounted in its own compartment in the box the book is housed in.
The book is made with transparent pages and covers, sewn at the spine, each page linked with several threads running through the covers and text block, front to back. It is presented in a custom box that houses both the book and paper scroll.
acrylic, aluminum leaf and pigment, Palladium leaf, silk and linen threads, laser toner, book board, book cloth, paper, wood, linen ribbon, acrylic rod, aluminum tape
About the artist:
Alicia Bailey is a studio artist working across multiple disciplines. She has focused on book arts and assemblage since the mid-nineties, producing artists’ books, sculptural books and limited edition books. Alicia’s work embraces a wide variety of methods and materials. It has been featured in dozens of solo and group exhibits throughout the world and is held in numerous public, private and special collections. An archive of her work in the book arts is under development at Penrose Special Collections, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado.