About this piece:
Twenty-six painted and hand-lettered page manuscript, with interleaved sized translucent Japanese papers holding the text. Sumi ink, gouache, using various brushes, balsa wood and pointed pen on Arches Text Wove paper and Tosa Usushi Japanese papers. Bound in Cave Paper, with freehand tooling. Clamshell box with hand-lettered label.
This manuscript is part of a series of original books exploring Rilke passages, from Letters to a Young Poet, suggesting the power of “living the questions” and “loving the questions”. The letter Q is common to an array of words relating inquiry, exploration and the Quest, it lends itself to this ongoing consideration how many forms the quirky letter Q might take. Original sumi letters were rendered legibly as part of a painting, or in abstraction, in ink. Letterpress prints are made to create debossed sheets and black and white prints, which open and close this volume. Translucent papers carry writing on both sides of each sheet, and the text is concealed and revealed to the reader as the book unfolds.
This particular passage suggests that some of the “answers” might be found in the richness of the natural world, so the painted imagery – done with a variety of colors, in black and white, and with an array of tools exudes an organic approach.
If you trust in nature, in the things that hardly anyone sees, and that no one sees,
and that can, so suddenly, become huge, immeasureable.and: “For even the most articulate people are unable to help, since what words
point to is so very delicate and almost unsayable.”
paper, 23k gold, palladium leaf, sumi ink, gouache
About the artist:
Lives and works in Tucson, Arizona.
Suzanne Moore is a lettering artist and designer, bookmaker, and calligrapher. She earned her BFA in printmaking and drawing in 1973 and her calligraphic manuscripts combine painting, printmaking and drawing techniques. Her work is held in public and private collections worldwide.