The Road To Zora
Excerpt from Zora Invisible Cities, by Italo Calvino
“Beyond six rivers and three mountain ranges rises Zora, a city that no one, having seen it, can forget. But not because , like other memorable cities, it leaves an unusual image in your recollections. Zora has the quality of remaining in your memory point by point, in its succession of streets, of houses along the streets, and of doors and windows in the houses, though nothing in them possesses a special beauty or rarity. Zora’s secret lies in the way your gaze runs over patterns following one another as in a musical score where not a note can be altered or displaced.
The man who knows by heart how Zora is made, if he is unable to sleep at night, can imagine he is walking along the streets and he remembers the order by which the copper clock follows the barber’s striped awning, then the fountain which the nine jets, the astronomer’s glass tower, the melon vendor’s kiosk, the statue of the hermit and the lion, the Turkish bath, the cafe at the corner, the alley that leads to the harbor.
Choosing a finishing style:
Each piece is in a finished state as it is represented in the images, however some collectors prefer a glazed or slightly glossy appeareance which gives the image a bit more of a flat, painterly feel. Others prefer to highlight the natural fibers of the art form. There is no difference in price and no difference in longevity, the glazing is done free of charge if selected.
Without Glazing - This is the option prefered by collectors who appreciate the qualities of my work as a fiber art form. The emphasis is on the artwork's physical qualities and the unique texture you get from the batik process. The piece is stretched over a piece of sturdy hardboard much like a canvas on board painting but is not sealed in order to emphasize the fibers.
Mounted and Glazed - The piece is permanently mounted on a sealed hardboard using clear acrylic polymer, then glazed with a semi glossy finish. This finishing is prefered by collectors who appreciate the work for the subject and the imagery, and emphasizes the illustrative properties of the piece.