- Santa Barbara, CA: Simplemente Maria Press, 2011.
- large square 4to
- hand-painted boards, sliced stone, wooden box
Price: $3,000.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 139343
Limited to only numbered 20 copies signed by the artist, Mary Heebner. A fine copy.
"Six of us ride horses through whirlpools of dust, rain and wind to the summit of Sierra de los Baguales, in Patagonia, where Chile borders Argentian. In the distance, shadows swim up the sides of bare mountains washing their charcoal and russet flanks in deep purple. Spots of golden light rest on shelves of the steppe. Our horses love being worked. They pick their way carefully up the knobby mountain. The sky is a pearl, a smooth stone, a downpour."
Unearthed is a book based upon explorations in the Western hemisphere - specifically below the equator in Chile - and was the result of various sketches, field notes, finished drawings, and paintings. When sketching from a collection of ancient pottery, Mary Heebner noticed marks on the surface - human thumbprints that were 1,500 - 1,800 years old. Heebner wanted to honor the maker, which led to an attempt to form vessel shapes with paint-covered hands, as it forming a clay pot. Heebner made large finger paintings, transposing a 3D form into 2D paintings. A selection of these appear as pigment-embellished prints.
"The earth is a vessel,
even that which is only dreamed or unbuilt..."
The poem is printed on translucent abaca paper, interleaved with hand-embellished prints from the Unearthed series of finger paintings. The bound book has a cover finger painted in earth pigments. Beneath this is the small chapbook, notes from below. One must "excavate" both books by lifting a travertine lid off the hand-crafted pinewood box.