Anne-Claude Cotty ~ Maine



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Anne-Claude Cotty: " For 33 years, I have lived in Stonington, a small fishing village on Deer Isle, Maine where I’ve had the privilege to balance life as an artist and teacher."
   

Photography bookworks
Miniatures by Cotty

 
   

Bedbugs in a Bind
By Anne-Claude Cotty
Stonington, Maine: Anne-Claude Cotty, 2010. One-of-a-Kind.

9 x 9 x 3.5"; 14 pages and seven bedbugs. Digitally constructed and printed images from scanned metal scraps and recycled etching plates. 3 x 7.5" drawer bound into front pastedown with black ribbon closure. Head cutouts laid in drawer. Pastedowns of Japanese papers. Bound in black cloth. Additional attached 4" wide band wraparound with magnet closure. Cutout title letters glued to band on front board.

Anne-Claude Cotty: "An interactive book: a limerick explains how the bugs lost their heads and the reader is asked to come to the rescue. A drawer contains various heads which beg to be slipped into place, page by page, for each bug. The idea was to create a book that would work as a toy, engaging and fun!"

There was an entomologist named Fred
whose critters did cartwheels on his bed
till one day they caroused and such excitement aroused
you could tell they had all lost their heads!

$950



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Her experiments with photography take her in different directions
 
Hymn to the Sun
Stonington, Maine: Anne-Claude Cotty, 2014. One-of-a-Kind.

6 x 3 x 1"; 22 pages. Accordion structure. Materials: brass, copper, Plexiglas. Pinhole photographs. Cloth-covered boards. Metal assemblage on front board. Signed and dated by the artist.

Cotty creates abstract-geometric compositions made from found and formed metal materials. She combines her photographs with these metal art items in her bookworks and jewelry.

The text for Hymn to the Sun is from a song of the Fang tribes of West Africa: "The fearful night sinks trembling into the depth / Before your lightning eye and the rapid arrows / From your fiery quiver. With sparkling blows of light / You tear her cloak, the black cloak lined with fire / And studded with gleaming stars. / With sparkling blows of light you tear the black cloak."
$1,000

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Choroy
Slender-billed Parakeet
By Pablo Neruda
Stonington, Maine: Anne-Claude Cotty, 2011. One-of-a-Kind.

6 x 15.5"; 24 leaves. Bilingual text (Spanish / English) of a single poem
from Pablo Neruda's collection Arte de Pájaros (Art of Birds). English
translation by Jack Schmitt. Photograms (silver gelatin emulsion gesturally painted on Somerset Satin) and digital prints on Nideggen paper. Text handwritten. Bound in cloth boards with print tipped on to cover. Signed by the artist.

Anne-Claude Cotty: "This book has been long in making. Its parts have taken shape with long silences over a number of years. The poem has a powerful visual component that I sought to capture in gestural strokes with brush and photo emulsion on luxurious paper. The plants and feathers in the photograms would represent the tree and birds. Of course, an important part of the narrative in the poem is the color green which I can't produce in my black and white photo darkroom. So I hoped, with artistic license, to underscore its importance by its omission."
$750


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Feather the Bowl of Your Heart as a Bird Would Its Nest

By Anne-Claude Cotty
Stonington, Maine: Anne-Claude Cotty, 2010. One-of-a-Kind.

6 x 5.75 x 1"; 14 leaves. Text and images treated digitally. Printed on Velvet Fine Art paper. Images tipped into embossed pages. Bound in white board with rectangular cutout in front board for displaying title page/first line of poem.

Anne-Claude Cotty: "The spark for making this little book was an invitational show this summer [2010] with the title of 'Bowls.' Of course, it was a lonely book alongside bowls made of clay, wood, and all the other expected materials."

Feather the bowl of your heart as a bird would its nest,
Bathe it with the sparkling spume of a summer sea,
Collect in it pinks pulsing fragrance and light,
Fill it with song and a clear and resonant voice.

$350


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I'd Offer You Eggs If You Promise Not to Break the Shell
By Anne-Claude Cotty
Stonington, Maine: Anne-Claude Cotty, 2010. One-of-a-Kind.

10 x 10 x 1.5"; 7 leaves. Original silver gelatin prints. Title page with tipped on letters of same paper (cream on cream). Bound as a clamshell structure with spine exposed. Black cloth covered with rectangle cut in top exposing a gelatin print. Attached to underside of front cover black paper box containing egg prints.

Anne-Claude Cotty: "The title of this book is an Irish proverb. In the inside cover is a box containing 5 eggs for the reader/performer to place at will in egg cups inside. The cups are placed at the base of framed cut into the pages and create a three-dimensional play with luminous photograms behind. The silver gelatin prints are original, not reproducible photographs so this, as most of the books I make, is a unique piece. This is the first in a series illustrating proverbs."
$ 650

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Till the Silence Fell...
By poem fragment by Alfred Lord Tennyson
book design & photograms by Anne-Claude Cotty
Stonington, Maine: Anne-Claude Cotty, 2010. One-of-a-Kind.

6 x 6 x .875" closed, extends to 36"; 6 unnumbered leaves. Accordion structure. Silver gelatin prints on Luminos Red photopaper digitally printed. Mounted on wooden boards. Bound with ribbon hinges.

A series of photograms accompany an excerpt from Alfred Lord Tennyson's "Come into the Garden, Maud."

Anne-Claude Cotty: "The photograms were originally made for an exhibition entitled 'Red' around Valentine's Day. I'd been holding onto an envelop of gorgeous red photopaper for precisely such a theme and found they created rather steamy images suspended in silence. Unhappily, Luminos's colored papers were discontinued long ago."
$ 450

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3 Poèmes de Francis Ponge
Tirés du recueil Le Parti pris des choses
excerpts from Taking the Side of Things
avec estampes par / with prints by Anne-Claude Cotty
Edmonton, Alberta: Anne-Claude Cotty, 1992. One-of-a-kind.

10.25 x 11.5 x 1"; 36 pages. Lithographs and etchings on Hahnemuhle German etching paper. Letterpress on title pages. Printed at the University of Alberta. Bound in black cloth boards with sewn binding. Bilingual text in French and English with three prose poems from Le Parti pris des choses (Paris: Éditions Gallimard, 1942) by Francis Ponge. Translation based on Beth Archer's in The Voice of Things (New York: Herder and Herder, 1972).

Unique piece plus two artist proofs (one in a university collection and one with a private collector).

Anne-Claude Cotty: "This is a book produced during my mid-life MFA in Printmaking years at the University of Alberta. The challenge I set for myself was to present the French and translated texts in a democratic fashion and directly on the etching plate with the photographic images. One of my first books, I was interested for the first time in the interplay between texts and images as a parallel process in metaphor and reaching levels of meaning beneath their surface."

Francis Ponge: "French poet who crafted intricate prose poems about everyday objects. He sought to create a visual equivalence between language and subject matter by emphasizing word associations and by manipulating the sound, rhythm, and typography of the words to mimic the essential characteristics of the object described." (Encyclopedia Britannica)
$700


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Chameleons on Parade
By Anne-Claude Cotty
Stonington, Maine: Anne-Claude Cotty, 1994. One-of-a-Kind.

10 x 12 x 1.25", opens to 28"; 2 tri-foldout leaves. Paste paper collage. Bound into black cloth clamshell box . Decorative element on cover.

This romp of paste paper collage is one in a series about chameleons.
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Evening Performance
By Anne-Claude Cotty
Stonington, Maine: Anne-Claude Cotty, 2009. One-of-a-Kind.

9 x 9 x 1.5"; 24 unnumbered pages. Photograms toned and handcolored and poetic text digitally printed. Bound in Japanese silk covers with a small cloth-covered frame (3.5 x 3.25") containing an abstract photogram on the front board.

Anne-Claude Cotty: "Evening Performance began as one of a group of tiny books to be worn as brooches entitled, Landscapes of the Heart. Each explored a different landscape to touch the heart: a play of sun and wind in the Sahara Desert, a rhythmic swell of sea in a Maine fishing village, and this one, a moment of rapture ignited by the moon. Simply put, it's a love poem.

"The spare text accompanies spare images made in my darkroom - photograms (the result of light shone through objects on photo paper) which are handcolored with oils. I've cut small windows into the preceding pages, a process of 'excerpting' to create a second series of images and to sharpen the eye on seeing the full-page photographs."
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Flowers Open Endlessly Into
Text from Rainer Maria Rilke's Duino Elegies
Stonington, Maine: Anne-Claude Cotty, 2013. One-of-a-Kind.

5.5 x 3 x 1.25"; 52 pages. Materials: brass, copper, wire, Plexiglas. Photograms toned with mordancage. Covers of Plexiglas with coptic stitch binding. Signed and dated by the artist.

Cotty combines metal work and photography to create "Flowers Open Endlessly Into. "

Anne-Claude Cotty: "The challenge I have set for myself in my current work is to balance and bind fragments of metal, photographs, and poetic texts into books. The assemblages are of formed and found scraps of copper, brass, and silver. The photographs are the result of light passing through objects onto paper (photograms) or through a hole onto paper in a box (pinhole images), some hand-colored, some toned with experimental processes. The spare lines of text are to support open, unfixed readings of the photographs."

Text from "The Eighth Duino Elegy" by Rilke: "We seldom have pure space in front of us, / not for a single day such as flowers open / endlessly into."
(SOLD)

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For Flame Trees and Bird
By Anne-Claude Cotty
Stonington, Maine: Anne-Claude Cotty, 1996. One-of-a-Kind.

11 x 12 x 1.5" closed; extends to 50". Accordion structure (five panels made up of two 2-panel wings that pull out from a central panel) with paste paper collage. Calligraphy. Bound into green cloth clamshell box with rectangular opening in front cover to allow a hint of what is to come.

One in Cotty's Chameleon series. Paste paper collage creates a dense kaleidoscope of color, shape, and form. Flora/fauna, fusion/confusion - all through the magic of paper and the artist's touch. Accompanied by a two selections of text in handprinted calligraphy:

     Man has gone to the moon but he has not yet known
     how to make a flame tree or a bird song. (Houphouet-Boigny)

     If there must be war, let the weapons be your healing hands.
     Let your call to battle be a song for the earth. (Mostafa Tolba)

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His Legs Bestrid the Ocean
Text by William Shakespeare
Stonington, Maine: Anne-Claude Cotty, 2014. One-of-a-Kind.

6 x 63 x 1.25"; 38 pages. Accordion structure. Images and text on one side with reverse side backed in brown and black papers. Materials: brass, copper, Plexiglas, cloth, paper. Pinhole photographs. Boards covered in black bookcloth. Front board with brass and copper decorative art around a pinhole photograph. Signed and dated by the artist.

Photographer and artist Anne-Claude Cotty combines a little Shakespeare with her pinhole photographs for His Legs Bestrid the Ocean.

Anne-Claude Cotty: "The challenge I have set for myself in my current work is to balance and bind fragments of metal, photographs, and poetic texts into books. The assemblages are of formed and found scraps of copper, brass, and silver. The photographs are the result of light passing through objects onto paper (photograms) or through a hole onto paper in a box (pinhole images), some hand-colored, some toned with experimental processes. The spare lines of text are to support open, unfixed readings of the photographs."

Text, Antony & Cleopatra Act 5, Scene 2: "His legs bestrid the ocean; his reared arm / Crested the world; his voice was propertied / As all the tunèd spheres, and that to friends; / But when he meant to quail and shake the orb, / He was rattling thunder."
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Intermezzo: Songs without Words
By Anne-Claude Cotty
Stonington, Maine: Anne-Claude Cotty, 1998. One-of-a-Kind.

5.5 x 5.5 x 1"; 30 pages. Blind relief. Photo vignettes. Somerset Satin paper. Embossed prints . 35mm photographs taken with macro lens.

An unusual combination of techniques – embossed prints and vignette photographs on facing pages – forces response into new territory, abstract, tactile, and outside the walls of rationality.
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Open Me With Your Silence
Walk in the Sahara
By Anne-Claude Cotty
Stonington, Maine: Anne-Claude Cotty, 1999. One-of-a-Kind.

5.5 x 6"; 18 pages. Silver gelatin prints from plastic camera photographs. Japanese papers. Bound in paper covered boards with sewn binding.

Open me with the silence of your gliding monuments
Let me hear the lizard etch its trail
and the sun chisel rhythms in the sand. ...

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Por dar al viento trabajo
By Anne-Claude Cotty
Stonington, Maine: Anne-Claude Cotty, 2010. One-of-a-Kind.

6.5 x 5 x .75"; 22 unnumbered pages (8 with corner flap for inserting leaf page), 16 leaf pages. Silver gelatin prints. Text tipped on cutout leaf tucked into corner flap of each verso page. English on one side, Spanish on other. Bound in black cloth boards with exposed spine binding. Elongated vertical cutout on front board with photogram showing.

Anne-Claude Cotty: "Photograms (silver gelatin prints) toned with mordancage appear in small windows with bilingual text on facing pages, written on leaves attached to strings in a concrete version of Antonio Machado's 'Proverbios y Cantares LXXII.'"

www.alternativephotography.com: "Mordancage process, also known as etch-bleach process, this rare and slightly esoteric process physically manipulates the silver gelatin print through acid bleaching, rubbing, and lifts. Images appear dreamlike, far removed from reality."


     Por dar al viento travagom                To give the wind work to do,
     cosia conhil doble                               I sewed with double thread
     las hojas secas del arbol.                   the dry leaves of the tree.


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The Silent World is Our Only Homeland
By Francis Ponge
Stonington, Maine: Anne-Claude Cotty, 2009. One-of-a-Kind.

5.25 x 5.25 x 1.5"; 18 pages. Accordion structure. Photograms with Mordancage [a late 19th-century process originally used to reverse a film negative to a positive] toning. Digitally printed.

Text from Le parti pris des choses (The Voices of Things) by Francis Ponge (1899 - 1988). The otherworldly tone of the photographs adds a ghostly elegance to Ponge's simple language.

Francis Ponge: "French poet who crafted intricate prose poems about everyday objects. He sought to create a visual equivalence between language and subject matter by emphasizing word associations and by manipulating the sound, rhythm, and typography of the words to mimic the essential characteristics of the object described." (Encyclopedia Britannica)
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Surrender
A Walk in the Sahara
By Anne-Claude Cotty
Stonington, Maine: Anne-Claude Cotty, 1999/2009. One-of-a-Kind.

6 x 7.5 x 1"; 26 pages. Silver gelatin prints from plastic camera photographs. Japanese papers. Bound in paper covered boards with sewn binding.

Let the sun lap the bowl of your chest with its dark tongue.
Let its breath warm the cold sand of your heart.
Let the wind carve you a cradle and wrap you in its evening song.

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To Come into Flower
By Anne-Claude Cotty
Stonington, Maine: Anne-Claude Cotty, 2004. Edition of 10.

7 x 7 x 1.5"; 21 leaves. Silver gelatin prints on Cachet Expo AG metallic paper. Bernhard Modern and Aquiline Book typefaces. Printed on Canford and Lamali papers. Black pastedowns and end pages. Bound in purple cloth with black cloth spine. Housed in black cloth-covered clamshell box with photo inset on lid.

A tribute in words and photographs. Photographs are of the flowers at the memorial service held for Anne-Claude Cotty's mother.

Anne-Claude Cotty: '"In memory of my mother Yvette M. Cotty (1923-2004) who spoke in secret to her flowers. They in turn would bend toward her in response. Indoors and outdoors, she tended them lovingly and they flourished with pride."
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