Alexander Massouras, ‘Paul was a gilder. (The Gilderbook 1)’, 2011, Joanna Bryant & Julian Page

Three Moderately Cautionary Tales is a series of fifty hard-ground etchings in three cycles: each cycle loosely follows the narrative arc of an epiphany. The first cycle- The Gilderbook- narrates the protagonist’s unrelenting pursuit of beauty. The etchings trace his obsession with gilding and its effect on his world, and the progressive incorporation of gold leaf within the etchings formally mirrors the encroachment they narrate; the narrative bleeds into the form.

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