This is a spacious illustrated manuscript book of three complementary texts, all devotional poems for Mother Earth. The texts are: on the recto pages, We Have a Beautiful Mother by Alice Walker, 1991, lettered in a humanist bookhand; on the verso pages, To Earth the Mother of All from the Homeric Hymns in Hesiod’s Theogony, c. 700 BCE, translated from the Greek by Evelyn White, 1914, lettered in a script devised by the artist; and in the round, a contemporary chant to Earth and the four elements sung in contemporary earthwise gatherings. In poetic content, the book shows the universality of devotion for our planet through time and space. The paintings are images of oceans, buffaloes, and the Earth Herself from inner and outer space, marked with circular swashes and phrases. The book may be stood and displayed in the round, further embodying the circle in its structure.
|Title||Litanies for Mother Earth|
|Place of Publication||San Jose, CA|
|Author of Text/Poet||Alice Walker, Hesiod|
|Medium/ Materials||Japanese "nori-ire-gajo" accordion style with a "sempuyo" wrapper cover. Housed in a paper slipcase. Calligraphy in gouache using broad and folded metal pens, on acrylic painted paste paper. Images made using "pochoir" method, sponges and brushes.|
|Number of Pages||20|
|Dimensions (WxH) or (WxHxD)||10 x 13 x .5 inches|