Zea Morvitz – An Alchemical Emblem Book


© 2015
edition of 15
dimensions in inches: 8.75 x 5.75 x .5


About this piece:
This book is based on Atalanta Fugiens, by Michael Maier, published in 1617, with metal plate engravings by Mathias Merrian the Elder, and similar books of the period. With pen and ink I attempted to make my own version of the engraving style of the time. Following my model I wrote an Epigramma (poem) for many of my Emblemas (images). I made 21 drawings in ink on handmade paper and wrote 11 poems. The drawings were scanned and laid out into pages with the poems. I printed the book on an Epson 3880 inkjet printer on Hannemuhle paper and hand bound 15 copies. The book responds to my ongoing interest in Alchemy but also, and of equal importance to me, it is my attempt to enter the world depicted in these 17th C. books. Through drawing and writing I wanted to experience that leafy, rural space inhabited by gods, goddesses, hermaphrodites, dragons, knights and ordinary women and men that the artists invented to express the progressive stages of the alchemical work.

paper, ink, thread
About the artist:

lives in Inverness, California, United States

Zea Morvitz is a Northern California artist currently working in large scale drawings with watercolor and collage. She has been making and binds artist books for more than 20 years.

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Zea Morvitz – An Alchemical Emblem Book

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