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Tempus Fugit

By Amandine Nabarra-Piomelli
Irvine, California: Amandine Nabarra-Piomelli, 2017. 
Edition of 10, second printing. 

Amandine Nabarra-Piomelli: "While watching clouds that were passing over the port of Genoa (Italy) I was inspired to create this artist's book. In the midst of thoughts about nature's forces and movements, tragic events in my life let me take stock of my existence.

"The movement of the clouds creates an unpredictable and mysterious energy that colors our thoughts. In this atmospheric energy I found the strength to contemplate my past and imagine my future, I even glanced at my horoscope to counter nostalgia, sadness, and anxiety about my destiny. These coded messages, sometimes prophetic, often funny, became my travel companions."

"As clouds and astrological predictions came and went, I found a new equilibrium that enabled me to envision my new life.

"Structure of the book: An artist's book creates a space to tell a story. To the question 'how to represent clouds?" I constructed a three-dimensional structure that turns and eddies on itself while embodying a visual tale. Like a book, the structure opens to allow a linear reading of the photographs and texts."

The pages of the book are images of clouds, one for each month of the year. Each page has a question or statement with a cloud image on the reverse side.

June - Does the sun have a strategy? It raises boldly, one morning at a time and gives its all to the day.


8" diameter circular flexagon binding with magnet closure. 12 circular leaves with 2" diameter. Materials: Vellum, bristol, Mohab, Entrada, brass. Housed in white clamshell box with magnet closure and paper title label on lid. Blue paper wrapper with artist statement and colophon label adhered to interior of box. Flexagon laid inside wrapper. Signed and numbered by the artist on the colophon.

Tempus Fugit

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