|Artist / Creator||Poppy Dully|
|Place of Publication||Portland, OR|
|Subject||Aristotle, Monoprints, Monotypes|
|Process / Technique||Monotypes|
|Structure / Binding||Drumleaf binding with case-style cover|
|Medium / Materials||Oil based ink, pva glue, book cloth|
|Paper Stock||Found book pages, binders board|
|Number of Pages||38 pages|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||4.5 x 6.75 x .5 inches.|
|Signed & Numbered||Yes|
This unique book encapsulates Aristotle's Rhetoric (4th CE), translated by Thomas Hobbes (17th C), and a 14th Catholic monastery. Time travels with historical, literary, biblical, and philosophical references. Using the film, The Name of the Rose, based on a 1980 novel by Umberto Eco, I created and printed 18 monotypes on the pages of Aristotle's Rhetoric, 1934 Library edition. The monotypes are glued in a drumleaf binding with a handmade book cover. Title page and end papers are from the original book. An interesting book sends me on the trail of information that will bring that book to life in other forms. There is an appropriate quote in the novel, "books always speak of other books, and every story tells a story that has already been told."
Artist BioArtist Statement Poppy Dully’s interest in combining monotypes and book pages into altered books started from four sources: painting mentor Leigh Hyams’ pen and ink artist’s books; William Kentridge’s films and drawings on book pages; the films of French film director Agnes Varda; and a long ago college art assignment to study film for compositional references. When Poppy creates an altered book with monotypes she looks for a book that will relate in its size, format, and text with the film images. With a vintage set of psychology textbooks, Poppy began her experiment with altered books. Using a digital camera, she photographs scenes from the film that seem most eventful. From these photos, she selects 8 to 10 that can tell the story visually. These photos are her source material for the monotypes which she creates by drawing on the plate and then rolling and wiping off oil based ink on the reverse side of plexi-glass plates before printing on the book pages that she has separated from the book. She backs the dried monotypes onto accordion pages that she reassembles in the book’s original cover. Poppy continues to explore the relationship of storytelling in film and books in her altered books. Sometimes it is the discovery of a second hand book that connects her to a film and other times it is the moving images of the film that connects her to a book. Artist Biography Poppy Dully (b.1947, San Francisco, CA) is a Portland, Oregon painter, printmaker, and book artist. She works in acrylics, oil, pen, and ink on a variety of surfaces. She studied design and cultural anthropology as an undergraduate at University of California, Berkeley, received a Masters in Public Health from University of California Los Angeles and worked for over 20 years in fundraising and non profit management in Portland. She has shown her paintings and prints around the Northwest since 1998. Poppy’s altered book with monotypes, After Cleo, 5 to 7, was exhibited in the College Book Art Association nationally juried show at the 23 Sandy Gallery in December 2009.