Gabriel's Family“It would be easy to forget the church itself, were it not for the stone creatures that inhabit its shadowed arches”

This is a story about creative obsession, faith and the eventual lack of control an artist has over his or her creations. Gabriel?s family tells of a stone cutter who created marvelous creatures in stone. These figures are filled with beauty and horror, but he comes to see them as part of his family, indeed, as a completion of himself. His close identity with them is threatened when his isolation is invaded. On this predicament the story turns.

The story and images are by Claire Owen; the production was a collaboration of Owen and Daniel Tucker working in Colorado and Pennsylvania. The images are relief etchings, printed in warm gray, and black, with the last image having hand coloring. There are 52 pages measuring 8 inches by 9 inches.

Presswork by Art Larson of Horton Tank Graphics, in Hadley Mass. The text is letterpress, set in Baskerville, the titling is done in Centaur.

The title is bound in red Nigerian goatskin, with a brown spine, stamped in gold and white foil. The binding was completed by Daniel Klelm, at Wide Awake Garage.

The title was printed in an edition of 52 with four lettered Artist?s Proofs. All are signed by Owen and Tucker.

Story and etchings, Claire Owen | Turtle Island Press | Price: $1000

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