Karen Hanmer, “‘A Thousand Acres’ by Jane Smiley”
Artist: Karen Hanmer (Glenview, IL)
Title: ‘A Thousand Acres’ by Jane Smiley
Medium/technique(s): Full goatskin fine binding on first edition trade book with hand-titling and tooling in 23 kt, brown and black foils.
Dimensions, closed: 9.25″ x 6.5″ x 1.5″
Fine binding sewn on flattened cords, laced into boards and covered in a variety of hues of green goatskin. Hand-titling and tooling in 23 kt gold, black and brown foils. Edge-to-edge goatskin doublures, flyleaves of green Cave paper. Hand-sewn, French style endbands, watercolor top edge in a variety of greens.
Abstracted aerial and cross-section views of cultivated land decorate this retelling of King Lear on an Iowa farm. The quadrants represent the farmer and his three daughters. The tooling above the horizon line suggests a model family and orderly farm, the treatment below the horizon line hints at the other truth.