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Moby-Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page

Matt Kish
Format
Book
Published
Portland, Or. : Tin House Books, 2011.
Edition
1st U.S. ed
Language
English
ISBN
9781935639121, 1935639129, 9781935639138 (pbk.), 1935639137 (pbk.)
Summary
Inspired by one of the world's greatest novels, Ohio artist Matt Kish set out on an epic voyage of his own one day in August 2009. More than one hundred and fifty years following the original publication of Moby-Dick , Kish began illustrating Herman Melville's classic, creating an image a day over the next eighteen months based on text selected from every page of the 552-page Signet Classics paperback edition. Completely self-taught, Kish refused to set any boundaries for the artwork and employed a deliberately low-tech approach in response to the increasing popularity of born-digital art and literature. He used found pages torn from old, discarded books, as well as a variety of mediums, including ballpoint pen, marker, paint, crayon, ink, and watercolor. By layering images on top of existing words and images, Kish has crafted a visual masterpiece that echoes the layers of meaning in Melville's narrative.
Description
xii, 552, [4] p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 21 x 26 cm.
Local Notes
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: Original pictorial paper cover. American Literature Fund, 2012/2013.
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