By Rebecca Goodale and Carrie Scanga
Portland, Maine: Rebecca Goodale, 2023. Edition of 5 (3 copies available).
10 x 14.25”; 33 pages which include two horizontal page fold outs and two vertical fold ups. Accordion structure. Illustrated endpapers and pastedowns. Cloth covered boards with illustration inset on front board. Signed and numbered by the artists on the colophon.
Colophon: “This book was made in Maine, designed, printed, and bound by Carrie Scanga and Rebecca Goodale. … The pages are intaglio and relief printed with chine collé and some hand coloring and were made by the artists in Carrie’s Portland studio, Rebecca’s Freeport Studio, and at Circling the Square Fine Art Press in Gardiner. Scott Vile, at Ascensius Press in Bar Mills, designed and letterpress printed the text. Scott Mullenberg, at Mullenberg Designs in Portland, fabricated the drop spine boxes.”
Artist Statement: "In 2022 Carrie Scanga and Rebecca Goodale visited Pettengill Farm, a study site stewarded by the Freeport Historical Society.
“The site features an empty farmhouse and acres of fields and woods located on the Harraseeket River estuary. The first floor of the house has remnants of wallpaper and linoleum, a few pieces of furniture, and a rock and shell collection. On the second floor there are images, previously hidden by wallpaper, of boats and sea creatures scratched (sgraffitto) into the plaster walls. These drawings were made in the early nineteenth century by an unknown resident who lived there years before the Pettingills did.
“Millie Pettengill, the last resident in the house, lived in the farmhouse for most of her life surrounded by pets, livestock, fruit trees and gardens filled with flowers. She moved away in 1965 at the age of 82.
“The visit inspired this work, a third collaboration, between Carrie Scanga and Rebecca Goodale."
A beautiful collaboration by two Maine artists. The images are compelling and lovely. Leaving the reader wondering and interested in the house, its occupants and their shared history.
$3,800 (Last Copy)
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