Elizabeth McKee, “Pied Beauty”
Book extended – this is a photo of the book extended
Front cover – this is a photo of the front cover while the book is standing in its star formation
For skies – this is a photo of the second opening. The text reads:
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landscapes – this is a photo of the third opening. The text reads:
Landscape plotted and pieced — fold, fallow, and plough;
And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.
With swift slow – this is a photo of the fourth opening. The text reads:
All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour, adazzle, dim;
Artist: Elizabeth McKee (Pasadena, MD)
Title: Pied Beauty (2013)
Medium/technique(s): Star/Carousel book made with Arches text wove paper, acrylic paint, Letraset double sided tape, linen thread. Text and images cut by hand with a #7 Xacto blade.
Edition size: Unique
Number of pages: 5 openings
Dimensions, open: 9.75″ x 54″ x 5.5″ in
Dimensions, closed: 9.75″ x 7.875″ x 1″ in
I was introduced to this poem in high school. It has been one of my favorite poems since then. This is my most recent rendition of it. I am working on a companion piece that uses the letters which I cut out of this one.