Seattle: Aubergine Atelier, Printed at the Windowpane Press, 2019. One of two deluxe copies (total edition of thirty). Designed by Jodee Fenton at Aubergine Atelier and printed by Bonnie Thompson Norman at the Windowpane Press. 36 ff., plus fourteen Japanese kozo paper leaves painted on both sides by Jodee Fenton in gouache, tempera, watercolor, and polyacrylic varnish. Each copy includes a unique set of paintings. Additional painted kozo paper cutouts used as accents throughout. A fine copy, as new, housed in the natural cloth clamshell case. Deluxe edition bound in full dark brown leather. Reddish-orange painted top edge. Blue and gray handwoven silk headbands. With the original prospectus. 8 inches by 5 inches. Item #17315
The Second Coming (Again) features the text of Yeats’ poem “The Second Coming” with edited enjambment, new stanza breaks, and abstract paintings that encourage a new perspective on the classic poem. In the artist’s statement included in the prospectus, Fenton writes: “‘The Second Coming’ references political and economic threats of the early 20th century which were dominating the cultural, political, and social news of the time. These threats (nativism, anarchy, nationalism, and worse) were compounded by the brutality of the Great War. This poem explores these complex events and emotions and seems very relevant to what we face in the early 21st century.”.
Jodee Fenton is a painter, a bookbinder, and a former president of the Book Club of Washington. She is a member of the Guild of Bookworkers, the Puget Sound Book Artists Association, and the Book Arts Guild. Fenton has pursued painting and bookmaking full-time since her retirement from her position as the managing librarian for special collections at the Seattle Public Library.