walnut ink triptych

 

The Mystery of Five - a limited edition artist’s book
Scheduled publication date: December 2019

I’m delighted to present my new artist’s book, The Mystery of Five. As with my previous book, Is There Something We Can Do, you’ll be able to do something with this book. You’ll be able to hold it in your hand to view the images and read the text, and you’ll also be able to display it as a sculptural object.

Solid walnut display box for the book and presentation materials

Solid walnut display box for the book and presentation materials

The Mystery of Five delves into the mysteries of human existence: creation, preservation, and destruction. The fourth mystery is the hidden nature of the source of the first three. The fifth mystery occurs in us, as we come to understand that we are part of the living earth.

The book is a triptych presented as theater, with a display cloth of hand-stitched raw silk, and two vintage skeleton keys that hint at an unlocking of the mysteries. Inside the book, three figures arrange themselves as dancers. On the reverse side of the book, a prose poem considers the source and nature of the mysteries.

Read the back story of the book in my blog post.

Book Colophon:

Ink drawings for the text ornaments -Yellow Hawkweed,  Hieracium caespitosum

Ink drawings for the text ornaments -Yellow Hawkweed, Hieracium caespitosum

Original drawings in walnut ink and mucilage on Arches watercolor paper. Text typeset in Bembo and printed letterpress on Japanese book cloth. Hawkweed ornaments from original drawings by the author. The book is housed in a walnut box and accompanied by a Dupioni silk presentation cloth and vintage skeleton keys bound with satin cord. Typography, design, and construction by Richard Reitz Smith, DesignSmith Creative Ventures, Camden, Maine. Handmade walnut wood box by Chris Merchant, Rockport, Maine.


Vintage skeleton keys and raw silk waiting to be prepared as presentation materials

Vintage skeleton keys and raw silk waiting to be prepared as presentation materials

Box and Book Prototype. Actual dimensions will vary.

Box and Book Prototype. Actual dimensions will vary.

The Mystery of Five is limited to ten copies, signed, dated and numbered. Each one differs from the others in the selection of the three drawings.

Scheduled date of publication: December 2019..
Pre-publication Price: $1000.00 (post publication price will increase). Price includes shipping.
Maine residents please add 5.5% state sales tax ($55).

I’m happy to answer any questions you may have. Please call 207 236-4433 or email dzopp at dudleyzopp.com.

Click here to download a PDF and order form.