ILLOUZ, Claire. ~ In the Air. Gravure à lire. [The artist, Chérence], 2019.
Tall narrow 4to (270 × 120 mm), coloured etching on a continuous long concertina sheet (360 cms), letterpress title and colophon, signed and numbered in pencil, loose in original blue wrappers with further etched image to the upper cover. Slipcase.
A superb and thought provoking example of French book artist Claire Illouz’s ‘Gravures à lire’ — long semi-narrative images made up from multiple coloured impressions from several plates. In the Air considers the environmental cost of our addiction to plastic, with discarded coloured plastic bags multiplying in the air in a hauntingly beautiful arrangement. The edition is of just 20 copies (10 on chine, 10 on soie, as here). Illouz’s illustrated artist’s books have been exhibited all over the world and are well represented in European and American collections.