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Maria G Pisano
Art Library Rare Books Collection N 7433.4 .P59 V58 2005 box 14.2

Limited edition of 25 numbered copies, Art Library has cop 11. "Vita defuncta is a response to the poem 'Patterns' by Amy Lowell. The poem speaks of loss in war vs natural death as seen in nature. War is a recurring cycle, but unlike nature, which brings change and growth through the seasons, war only brings death … In my response, language and symbolic representations are intertwined with the images, encompassing both the masculine and feminine aspects of the poem. The rectangular red form turns into a bloodstain by the end of the book. Once opened, one views a perfectly manicured pattern of a white flower like form, (referencing the stylized structure of an English garden) holding the pages. The colors, the texture of the papers and the structure, are all used to reflect the aspects of the poem."—Artist's website, viewed Dec. 28, 2012.