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The Ardor of Birds, Cups, and Other Things Venetian



An edition of one, 2 book set with slip case.To and Fro Construction


Book design, original color and black and white photographs, and book constructionby Kristie Atwood13900 N. Sutherland TrailTucson, AZ 85739Untied States of America

Maps public domain


Printed on Reves BFK, made in France, and hand made paper.Printed with archival Epson ink jet inks on the Epson Artisan 50 printer.


Artist’s Statement        

For more than fifteen years my husband and I have been traveling to Italy, mostly for work. Italy has become a deep part of my life experience and my growth as a person and artist.


Naturally these travels have often included Venice, a city that one either loves or hates.  In spite of having more than a handful of difficult experiences there, I do love Venice.  It has mapped itself on my being.  It has added to the mold of who I am.   Michael Ondaatje seems to reflect this in The English Patient: "I wish for all this to be marked on my body.....  I believe in such cartography -- to be marked by nature, not just to label ourselves on a map like the names of rich men and women on buildings......"  Or I would say no maps such as those with our names, but those maps that are marked upon us through all experience.


Winner of the Barbara Lewis Book Challenge 2013 - Held at the Jewish Comunnity Center, Tucson, Arizona

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