A Modern Bestiary, 2004

Artist’s Book with twenty original screenprints by Ana Maria Pacheco and forty poems by George Szirtes. Printed on Somerset Book soft white 175gsm in an edition of 55. Text set in Garamond Light Condensed. Page: 30.5 x 26 cm (12 x 10 1/4 in). Full linen case binding in a drop back box.  This Artist’s Book was part-funded by an award from Norwich School of Art and Design.

” . . . the tradition of the bestiary, text and image, has continued to have unabated appeal as evidenced by the many versions and variations created through the centuries. Among the most pleasurable are the bestiaries created by Lewis Carroll, Apollinaire, James Thurbur and, most recently, A Modern Bestiary with poems by George Szirtes and screenprints by Ana Maria Pacheco. With wit and invention in word and image, many of the animals and birds, the traditional exempla of the bestiary, are given very contemporary connotations, be they political, ecological or social …”
Annela Twitchin, from ‘New and Recent Prints’ in Collected Essays: Texts on the work of Ana Maria Pacheco, Pratt Contemporary Art, 2004. ISBN 0 9518049 8 7.

The twenty original screenprints in the book are available in separate editions of 25.