Carp Dreams Scroll - Marginalia Edition
This is a one-of-a-kind item. Please do NOT purchase unless you have been in contact with Natalie or Brianna via email to verify that it is being held for you. Please select at the bottom which Marginalia scroll you wish to acquire: the one annotated by Kaythi, Natalie Wee, or Justine Wong.
Kaythi's scroll is more minimal than the first 4 inches would suggest! As a self-declared "beginner to poetry" she demonstrates a beautiful way for us to all approach creative endeavours that are outside our wheelhouse. This quotation from Audre Lorde at the beginning sets up our brains perfectly for the subtle layers of Jasmine's writing.
Natalie Wee's scroll is dense with the commentary of a writer who is good friends with the original poet. For a viewer/reader to find personal meaning in art is often more valuable to an artist than a correct interpretation of their artist statement. That said, I think the closest, most precise reading of Carp Dreams is made evident to us between the lines of Natalie's annotation.
Justine Wong's marginalia is as beautiful as it is meaningful. She responded to both the text and image of Carp Dreams in a way that has us catching our breaths and holding them in while the water rushes overhead. This maringalia is an experience of Carp Dreams that speaks to all of our senses.
Poetry by Jasmine Gui
Art by Brianna Tosswill
Now you can add to your collection of Penrose Press projects with something totally unique. We've made a scroll with Jasmine Gui's heart-stopping poetry and Brianna's careful illustrative support. The poetry is dealing with grief and other existential questions so it may not be for everyone, but for some of you it may be a balm, a witness to your own feelings too big to process.
There is an old Chinese idiom that says, if a carp is able to swim upstream against the Yellow River and leap over the waterfall, it will transform into a dragon.
To those who grieve and to those who hold space for grief, this is for you.
Each element of this scroll has been handmade for Penrose Press by Brianna Tosswill. Special thanks to Open Studio's printmaking facilities in Toronto, Canada. The images are printed from carved linoleum onto Jougami paper using a Vandercook Proof Press No. 4T. The text is printed from a combination of lead type and polymer plates. This scroll can be displayed as a wall hanging or kept like a book on your shelf.
A note on scroll care: All the scrolls will be shipped rolled. They can be stored rolled indefinitely. If you wish to display the scroll hung on a wall, you can iron it on medium heat to remove the creases. Place a piece of tissue paper between the scroll and the iron and avoid the glued seams if you can. It will be pressed smooth and ready to hang in no time!