STONECARVER by Diana Guest. Photographs By Christian Odasso. Comments by Diana Guest, Raymond Charmet, Marion Pike, and Jim Harrison.

Livingston: Clark City Press, (1993). First Edition. Hardcover. 4to. Features an essay by Harrison about the 10-day stay he had at Diana Guest's house and studio when he was returning from Russia, and how seeing her art, stonecarvings of animals, affected him, and his ideas and thoughts on the natural world. "It did not occur to me until I left ten days later that I was leaving a heraldic world where an artist's work resonated the deep past with improbable vividness. Diana's sculpted swans, owls, hawks, and horses emerged there and belonged to the soul of the landscape (if you do not believe the land has a soul, look at land that has lost it). It was a reality with a distant but direct relationship to the one we know from tapestries, a reality that emerges from bestiaries written when animals held far more significance than as fodder for environmental squabbles, animals that retained a sacred position in our lives in contrast to something we merely use, take advantage of, that cannot be allowed to exist by and for themselves, or are indulged only if their habitat is not useful to us. One loved them, ate them, chased them, created myths from them, there were not ideas but fellow creatures who shared our joys and dooms." 133 plates, in color, of these stone carvings. Very powerfully rendered. From the estate of Beef Torrey, writer (Conversations With Hunter S Thompson), raconteur, and close friend of Jim Harrison. A fine copy in a near fine dust jacket. Item #12798
ISBN: 0944439160

Price: $150.00

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