|Artist / Creator||Poppy Dully|
|Place of Publication||Portland, OR|
|Process / Technique||Monotypes|
|Number of Images||10 monotypes|
|Structure / Binding||Accordion with original book cover|
|Paper Stock||Found pages, Arches #150|
|Number of Pages||21 pages|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||5 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches closed. Extends out to 82 inches.|
|Edition Size||Edition of 2|
|Box / Wrapper||Original book jacket|
|Signed & Numbered||Signed and numbered edition|
I started with a 1989 edition of The Stranger by Albert Camus, first published in 1942. I watched the 1967 film directed by Luchino Visconti with actor Marcello Mastroianni as protagonist Meursault and looked for compelling dramatic scenes. The first part of the story shows Meursault going about his life, devoid of emotions, but highly sensitized to the natural world. The second part takes place in an Algerian courtroom with Meursault is on trial for murder. While Meursault is awaiting his verdict, he acknowledges the futility of human wishes. Alice Kaplan’s excellent book, Looking for The Stranger, provides background to Camus’ writing of this novel and explains the origins and popularity of this story. The monotypes are printed with oil-based ink on the pages of the book. The monotype pages are glued on accordion folds and mounted to the original book cover. I repeated this process with another copy of the book. Both books have original book jackets.
Artist BioPoppy Dully is an Oregon painter, printer, and book artist. She works in acrylics, oil, pen and ink, and several printmaking techniques. She has shown her paintings and prints around the Pacific Northwest since 1998. Poppy's altered books are the products of discoveries, bringing together books and films. Her artist’s books are in private and public collections including University of Washington, Stanford University, Multnomah County Central Library Special Collections, University of Southern California, University of Texas, Austin, UCLA Film Library and Savannah College of Art and Design. Her books and prints were exhibited in 2018 in Women and The Printed Page at Regis University in Denver Colorado and Ink Press Repeat at William Paterson University in Wayne New Jersey.