Donna Brookman is an artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds a BA from UC Berkeley and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. A practicing painter and printmaker, she has a long affiliation with KALA Institute in Berkeley, where the Metamorphosis prints were developed. She has exhibited her work in the United States and abroad, most recently in solo exhibitions at 5&5 Gallery in Brooklyn, NY and Thomas Paul Gallery in Los Angeles (June 2010).
Metamorphosis Artist’s Book
Ovid's classic poem Metamorphosis, written in 200 AD and vividly translated by Ted Hughes, is the touchstone for this group of prints. Ovid grapples with humanity's greed and destruction of the natural world, as well as exploring its capacity for transformation. The timelessness of these concerns enlarges our view of the present historical moment.
The first series of sixteen hand-printed photo-etchings responds to an introductory section of Ovid’s text that describes the origins of the world according to Roman mythology. These images are interleaved with letterpress printed text on fine Japanese paper, and housed in a large folio.
Edition of nine complete volumes with letterpress by Richard Seibert, editioning by Jeff Kropp, and folio by John Demerritt.