Lesia Maruschak artists books distinguishes themselves through individual design and production values. Known for her passion for paper, printing and publishing Lesia personally selects the papers, binding materials and production methods for each title. Not only does she oversee all aspects of the production process, but she also sources materials from all over the world and in some instances personally crafts the papers and art which find their way into the title. Each publication literally passes through her hands. traditional practice in art collection - conceptually and physically. Icon The cover is ornamented with an image of Maria F. presented in the tradition of the Byzantine icon entitled “Dochka”. The image of Maria F. was obtained from a private collection with permission granted to the artist to use and alter. The icon was rendered using an algorithm created for this series. It is gilded with 23 kt Manetti gold leaf, hand-painted with egg tempera, pigments and wax on Hahnemühle Museum Etching paper and set into the debossed cover panel. Plates 21st century printing and 4th century painting are integrated to present a suite of 27 color plates. Each image has been meticulously hand-printed by Maruschak on two weights of Awagami Kitakata Paper and overpainted with egg tempera, pigments, wax and resin. Some images have been treated to Manetti 23 KT gold leaf. The result is the unique harmony of painting, gilding and photography. Each work has been individually hand tipped onto Somerset Book Wove Paper. Specifications The text for the poem is hand printed letterpress on the Vandercook Universal I on Somerset Book Wove Paper, a 100% rag paper made at the St. Cuthbert’s Mill in England. The interior black textile paper was made to the artist’s specifications at the at the Papeterie Saint-Armand in Montreal. Archival linen textiles made on handlooms in Soviet Ukraine during the 1920s-1930s were beaten by hand and incorporated into pulp to create the paper of which only 40 sheets were made. The book measures 12.25 x 9.5 inches; 41 printed pages. Binding and Presentation The edition has been hand bound in full cloth in Japanese blue mohair Asahi book cloth. The endpapers – a rich stock toned – are Hahnemühle Bugra 100% rag paper. The book is presented in a clamshell wrapped with Japanese blue mohair Asahi book cloth. The interior is lined with two harmonized tones of Hahnemühle Bugra 100% rag paper. Text Poem The publication is accompanied by the poem “EYEBROWS” by Lyuba Yakimchuk, translated by Svetlana Lavochkina, from Words for War, edited by Oksana Maksymchuk and Max Rosochinsky. © Borderline Foundation for Academic Studies, 2017. © Academic Studies Press, 2017. Reprinted with permission. TRANSFIGURATION is presented in a limited edition of 27; plus 2 Artist Proofs. Each book is numbered, dated and signed by the artist. ONE COPY REMAINS.
Publisher: Lesia Maruschak