It has been a while since I posted. 2017 was packed with binding. I had the honor of working on two very amazing projects for 21st Editions this past year. The most recent is a book of work by photographer Anne Berry. Here are a few photos of the binding, box and print folders. You can see more here.
Pre-publication ordering at a reduced price is now available for the contemporary fine press edition of Kingdom of Earth, a one act play by Tennessee Williams. Images, design, printing, and binding by the artist/publisher Amy Borezo. Please visit the ordering page for a gallery of images as well as an artist statement and more information about the book. The first copies will ship on March 15, 2017!
Early in 2016 I read Tennessee Williams: a Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh, an extensive biography by John Lahr of one of America’s best playwrights. This telling of his life and work shows a singular, visionary artist, haunted by the strange dynamics of his family. He ran through drugs, alcohol, and romantic relationships in a kind of fever dream while producing some of the greatest plays of the twentieth century.
Thinking I may like to create a contemporary fine press edition of a Tennessee Williams’ work, I began reading through his one-act plays, from the collection by New Directions Publishing, THE MAGIC TOWER and Other One-Acts. As I read, I became despondent. The one-acts are wonderful and fantastically compact. As a visual artist, however, interested more in site and setting than character, I could not find a foothold around which to make a work, until I read the one-act Kingdom of Earth originally published in 1967.
The setting for Kingdom of Earth is a character in itself and carries throughout the play a tension full of apocalyptic foreboding. A storm is flooding a nearby river. A property owner upriver is expected to dynamite his levee if the river continues to rise, which will flood the Mississippi Delta farmhouse in which the action is taking place. The sound of the river pervades the play with a constant rising murmur while the three main characters enact a dark dance around one another that touches on issues of race, sexuality, and survival.
Over the summer I visited one of Tennessee Williams’ archives located at Harvard in their Theater Collection at the Houghton Library. While there, I saw several original manuscript versions of the play in addition to an unpublished critical essay on the work. Throughout my research I have also looked at historic images of the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. These images have profoundly influenced the direction of my imagery for this work.
I could not be more excited to work on this project and I am so thrilled that New Directions Publishing is granting permission to reprint this work in a contemporary fine press edition. I will be posting more on this project including images from production. Printing starts this week! If you’d like to receive email updates about this work, subscribe here.
Amy Borezo, artist and publisher, is thrilled to announce the upcoming publication of a contemporary fine press edition of Kingdom of Earth, a one act play by Tennessee Williams, originally published in 1967.
Printed letterpress in an edition of 45 with artwork by Amy Borezo. Text used with permission of New Directions Publishing. Copies will begin shipping in spring of 2017. To receive further information on this publication, please sign up on the email list here.
View the book at these upcoming fairs:
Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair, Dec 2-3, 2016
Codex International Book Fair, Feb 5-8, 2017