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In The Pasture

2001
by Jorie Graham and Beverly Pepper
Artist book with solid bronze sculpture casing
Accordion folded, intaglio with Poem “In the Pasture” by Jorie Graham
Open: 12” X 18.7” Closed: 12” X 8.5” X 1”
Edition 60

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everly Pepper's sixteen foot long hand-colored photogravure richly enfolds the stanzas of Jorie Graham's elegiac poem “In the Pasture” into a bound book that is in turn secreted in the belly of a bronze sculpture. Reminiscent of Neolithic monuments, the bronze's deep relief and earth colors recall the furrows and clods of worked soil. Sensual and rigorous, personal and universal, In the Pasture reflects on culture and nature and the struggle of the self to find meaning in the world.

Separately, sculptor Beverly Pepper and poet Jorie Graham are vigorous and revolutionary forces in contemporary arts and letters in the U.S. and abroad.

Together they are a formidable team. Pepper has bequeathed her creativity, intellect and drive to Graham. The mother's gift for transforming elements of the earth into a poetry of the visual blossoms in the daughter's fertile fashioning of language into an architecture of the soul.

Pepper's large scale sculptures are found in plazas and parks around the world, and her record of exhibitions and collections is distinguished; she holds honorary doctorates from Pratt Institute and the Maryland Institute of Art.