Wonderful artwork by Nancy Mee and Dennis Evans for a showing called “Prospero’s Books” at the Friesen Art Gallery in Sun Valley, Idaho. These are so beautiful and Dennis’s paintings are done with beeswax! The wax gives the pigment so much depth that you feel you are looking deep into the universe. whoa.
The books are all made of hand-crafted glass.Nancy takes plain window glass, melts it and folds it into books before it cools. Then she’ll etch, sand-blast, or water-cut designs into them.
I wish I could afford one! But I can’t. So I’ll settle for the pictures. Hope you enjoy them too –
The glass books and paintings are inspired by Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” – a magician named Prospero was the Duke of Milan but his brother Antonio betrayed him and took over. Antonio left Prospero to die on a raft at sea, but his servant Gonzalo gave him supplies and his magical books so he had the source of his power. Prospero landed on an island, where he’s been for twelve years. He uses the magic from his books to make things right and get justice from his brother Antonio. Here’s some of the pieces: