In Extremis (2012)
Altered book assemblage
Covering the entire inside cover is an etching illustration of an otter attacking a goose. Attached to the center of this illustration is a disc with an illustration of a man brushing the top of his head with two brushes. In the top left-hand corner of the inside cover is a list of four sample sentences from a grammar primer. The frame is covered with a magazine photo of an ornate picture frame. The framed area is divided at the bottom by a drawer in the lower third. On the outside of the drawer is an etching illustration of semi-nude men being attacked by dog-like creatures. Pulling out the drawer reveals in the back of the compartment a black-and-white photograph of a man lying horizontally suspended on two chairs, one below his head and one below his feet. A game piece of the number 3 is pasted onto this picture. The bottom and side panels of this lower section are color photos of cupcakes and related baked items. Inside the drawer is a red, stylized-humanoid, plastic figure with a gear in place of its head and a portrait pasted on that gear. The background inside the drawer is the top half of the same illustration which appears on the outside. The top section of the book frame has, in the background, a Victorian era lithograph depicting a guardian angel with two children. On top of the guardian angel is a black toy frog. Number discs of the numbers 1,2 and 4 are attached to this illustration. The side panels are of a flower garden and pond, the top inside panel is text from a children’s book, and the bottom panel of this section is from a 18th century landscape painting. The title, date, and signature are on the outside bottom left of the frame.
Original book cover title:
Beulah by Augusta Evans-Wilson
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children's book, color photo, drawer, etching illustration, flowers, frog, game piece, landscape, lithograph illustration, magazine photo, primer, toy, Victorian