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June Leaf : Record 1974/75 - Mabou Coal Mines - June Leaf

June Leaf

Record 1974/75 - Mabou Coal Mines

By: June Leaf

Hardcover Published: 9th April 2010
ISBN: 9783869300450
Number Of Pages: 194

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This book is a facsimile of June Leaf's sketchbook from the winter of 1974 and 1975, spent in Mabou Coal Mines, Nova Scotia. She has lived here since 1969 with her husband, Swiss-American photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank. The book is above all a working document of Leaf's thoughts. Drawing is her primary medium, an approach explained in her first written entry of 26 November, 1974: "I don't usually like to write because I am more satisfied by an action." Her sketches are exploratory, inquisitive, incomplete: for example she refines a motif as simple as a knot over days and weeks, drawing it in different ways until it becomes no more than a detail in a larger, more complex picture. Leaf is not afraid to express the difficulty of the creative process, her frustration as well as her progress: "I've come to a dead stop. Should make a sculpture - don't want to! Should play the fiddle - don't want to! Should take a walk - too cold. Where's the inspiration?" Amidst such uncertainty Leaf's husband remains a constant source of inspiration: representations of Frank are scattered throughout the book, from its opening pages to the last, unpretentious entry of 24 April, 1975: "Blue book ends."

ISBN: 9783869300450
ISBN-10: 3869300450
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 194
Published: 9th April 2010
Publisher: STEIDL
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 30.48 x 19.05  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 1.02
Edition Number: 1