Karen Carcia – O


© 2018
edition of 5
dimensions in inches :4.5 x 9 x .5

O is a response to a 16th century lyric, Western Wind (Westron Wynd)—a four line poem that, as it has been passed down to us, has been transcribed, emended and interpreted in distinctly different ways. This book highlights the process of reading and research and offers a newly embodied version of the poem. The text is distributed over different flags as way for readers to explore intersections of voice, eye, and ear. Like the text itself, the structure of the flag book is deconstructed in that it is left incomplete (not all the folds have flags) to represent the ever-unfinished work of striving to understand.

The imagery has been created from hand-dyed Kitakata and letterpress printed Kitakata. The dyes used are indigo and logwood.


paper, ink, dye, adhesive

About the artist:

Lives in Iowa City, Iowa, United States

Karen Carcia is a poet and book artist. She is the author of On Subjects of Which We Know Nothing (New Michigan Press); her poems have appeared in Prompt Press, Anomalous, Diagram, and Forklift, Ohio. Her bookwork is held in collections across the US and has been featured in national and international shows. She teaches at the University of Iowa Center for the Book.


Karen Carcia – O