Walking Softly: Memory and Future
Mimi Shapiro, USA
|Mimi Shapiro, Lancaster,
PA USA, June 2011
My book is an original poem story, about our world and what possibilities
there are for all of us to live in a peaceful world.
The wildflower fantasy drawings are painted and collaged over Arabic
text which I found in the booksellers market in Istanbul, Turkey.
The torn aged paper signifies to me the fragile earth surface, between
the collage and pencil scribbles, using copier reproductions of
Goya’s etchings for the darkness, below the earth’s
surface, the dark treachery of man’s nightmare. Above are
wildflowers with all the possibilities that life and beauty holds,
the alternative between despair and hope.
Inset in each small book are 3 collages, one of the books in the
market, one of the bomb and the last, the senseless fire of destruction.
Two quotes that are meaningful to me, are included with my poem:
“…that peace is not merely a distant
goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”
- Martin Luther King Jr.
Walking Softly, an Arabic blessing that I
saw on a beautiful plate, and copied down in my journal, hoping
one day to use in a book.
Most aptly described as a visual poet, Mimi Shapiro mixes trinkets
and treasures, words and images, into a powerfully evocative body
of work. Each piece conveys a sense of time and place as seen through
the mind's eye of memory, combining reality and fantasy to create
an amazingly cohesive vision. Her deeply “connected”
artistic expressions are accessible and immediate, while allowing
interpretation to the imagination. Her works are included in many
notable collections both in the United States and internationally.
Production Notes. This edition has been reproduced on a Canon Color
Laser copier and hand assembled into an accordion book, wrapped
with fused caution tape, sewn over wire. Walking Softly. Edition
of 3. Mixed media. Dimensions: 5" wide x 7"h