Fragment, In Praise of the Book
Jesseca Ferguson, USA
|Fragment, In Praise of the Book; Jesseca Ferguson, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 2013
Text by: Meena Alexander, poet
Fragment, In Praise of the Book is a sphere of text, printed in deep blue cyanotype on white paper, then backed with transparent black silk. Jesseca Ferguson's 'cyanosphere,' or three-dimensional cyanotype, transforms Meena Alexander's poem into one linear element, wound into a ball like yarn - to be knitted or woven into an ordered and coherent form. Text comes from textus, derived from texere, to weave. Text is the tissue or fabric of a literary work, woven of words. The original fabric of Meena's text has been rearranged, taken out of sequence, line by line, then re-ordered - to be read in a new sequence as the spherical book is unspooled, delicately, by hand.
When a bomb explodes in a bookshop, in a life, in a mind - all is violently disordered, fragmented. The writing of a poem and the hand making of a sphere of text - these are our way to re-tell that story, to make a new order from those fragments. The text of Meena's poem glows paper-white, as her words emerge from the darkness of Jesseca's cyanotype veiled with silk.
Box design: Helene Elsborg
Dimensions: Open (box, with book inside, but displayed): 4 x 4 ½ x 13 inches; Closed (with book inside): 4 x 4 ½ x 4 ½ inches
Materials/Medium: Cyanotype on paper, silk, waxed thread, book board, book cloth; Edition Size: 3 (plus one artist's proof and one poet's proof)
Jesseca Ferguson has worked with pinhole photography and hand-applied 19 th century photo processes since 1990. Her pinhole photographs and collaged photo objects have been included in solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Europe, and the UK. Museums holding her work include the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France; The Museum of the History of Photography, Krakow, Poland; Brandts Kladefabrik, Odense, Denmark; Fox Talbot Museum, Laycock Abbey, UK; Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA, USA and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA. She lives, works, and teaches in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.