BOURNAZEL, Diane de. ~ Appel d’air. Marliac (Corrèze, Limousin), 2018.
4to (255 × 160 mm), pp.  (10 leaves), each page fully illuminated by hand, mixed media with ink, watercolour and collage. Bound by Armelle Guégant in blue paper covered boards with manuscript onlays, matching slipcase.
A unique book, entirely hand-illuminated by the artist, one her largest recent projects. Appel d’air unites humankind with the animal and plant kingdom in a celebration of creation and the forces of life. Figures crowd the pages – some linked together in maze-like compartments, others escaping into the margins, often dancing, animated by a powerful all-encompassing spirit. Many of the figures (human, animal or hybrid) embrace each other (for love? for comfort?) though others seem engaged in some eternal chase across the many dimensions of the book. As in many of De Bournazel’s books the margins are painstakingly cut to open windows between the leaves of the book, and here produce intricate interlaced patterns when placed one against another, with figures and faces half seen in the forest of details.
The colophon reads: ‘Ce livre est unique. Je l’ai fait pendant l’été et l’automne 2018 à Marliac, Paris et a Bonrepos. Armelle Guégant l’a relié avec bonheur. Diane de Bournazel’.