Winterreise

 

2005 – Inspired by Schubert’s song cycle, my own images and text together with fragments of Wilhelm Mueller’s poems– which Schubert himself called ‘songs to make your hair stand on end’, deceptively simple and poignant – in both the original German and with William Mann’s English translation .

Page size 11” X 15” landscape format.
9 pages, folded alternately half size/full size to reveal handwritten text overlying collagraphed text and image in black, on Bib Tengujo ( Kozo ) 12 gsm paper; overlying/sandwiched between 7 coloured, collagraphed images on Lana 250gsm
Frontispiece with hand-painted, artists-handmade paper and collagraphed title, colophon at end.
Signed edition of 25
Artists own hand-made, thick paper covers (irregular 12” X 17”), white, embossed with image and title, exposed spine binding on tapes and muslin with decorative stitching.
In a natural coloured Nepalese paper covered box ( 15” X 19” ) with stencilled title in white.

Inspired by the way that Luciano Berio wrote his own version of Schubert’s unfinished symphony with his own extemporisations in the gaps, my short text floats, handwritten, on transparent Japanese paper, overlaying images whose colours have a hallucinatory glare. I wanted a combination of beauty and anguish.. I see it as an object of meditation or contemplation, an attempted dialogue with Mueller and Schubert, and a tribute to his life cut short by a tragically early death.

The book is delicate in format but the images inside are strong, dark tableaux through the ice.

Copy to view on request in British Library Modern British special collections.