Un Songe en Hiver. by BOURNAZEL, Diane de.

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~ Un Songe en Hiver. Marliac (Corrèze, Limousin), 2018.

8vo (165 × 128 mm), pp. [16] (8 leaves), each page fully illuminated by hand, mixed media with ink, watercolour and collage. Bound by Armelle Guégant in marbled paper covered boards with manuscript onlays, matching slipcase.

A unique book, entirely hand-illuminated by the artist. ‘A Dream in Winter’ is an enigmatic meditation on the theme of hibernation and dreaming, in which the artist places her human and animal figures in a winter land- and skyscape, with fallen leaves, bare branches, starlit skies and snowfall. Here, there is sleep, dreaming and sadness, tempered with a mood of love, longing and expectation. The successive pages invite us to read them as a narrative, but, as always with De Bournazel, the narrative is not linear or straightforward, with windows cut out and opening onto other pages, sometimes letting us see right through the book, linking the beginning to the end and inviting us to look always backwards, forwards and, most importantly, beneath the surface.

The colophon reads: ‘Ce livre est unique. Je l’ai fait à Marliac au début de l’année 2018. Armelle Guégant l’a relié avec delicatesse’.

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