BOURNAZEL, Diane de. ~ Le Chant des possibles. Marliac, 2018.
Narrow folio (320 × 125 mm), 8 leaves (16 pages), each leaf fully illuminated by hand, mixed media with ink, watercolour and collage. Bound by Armelle Guégant in gold decorative boards, manuscript labels, matching slipcase.
A unique artist’s book. Diane de Bournazel (b. 1956) creates books as ‘poems without words’ in her unique pen, ink and gouache style, filling each page with mazes of vegetation, mysterious borders, structures and figures, opening windows within pages allowing us to see behind and beyond them, suggesting a series of alternative worlds and narratives. Drawing on the universals of the cosmos, the natural world, of childhood and human relationships each of her books invite careful ‘reading’ and multiple interpretations. Collectors have found the books to speak for themselves, and the artist writes of her work simply as:
‘Poésie sans paroles.
Il s’agit bien de ça.
Mettre en images le monde et l’arrière monde,
Comme un poète mais sans mot dire’.
The colophon reads: ‘Ce livre est unique. Je l’ai imaginéé et réalisé durant l’été 2018, à Marliac, où, les nuits, nous contemplons les étoiles. Armelle Guégant ;’a relié, en douceur. Diane de Bournazel’.
Her work is represented in private and public collections in France (including the Bibliothèque nationale) and in the United States (Boston Athenaeum).