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


Artist Statement:

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.