Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Coco Gordon, SuperSkyWoman: Une Autre, 2003, ed. 90

A funky little accordion from this longtime intermedia artist and friend of Fluxus who was born in Genoa, Italy and made New York her home for most of her life. Gordon now resides in a home at the foothills of the Rockies in Lyons, Colorado and has long focussed on environmental and ecological concerns in her work and this book is now exception.

The text on the inside of the front cover explains that the genesis of this work was a celebration of Milwaukee-based artist, Roy Staab's 'Mobius' reed installation at the Mt. Tremblant Festival in Quebec in August, 2003 (the work can be seen in the final image of the accordion). 

Gordon adopted the 'SuperSkywoman' identity after reading Paul Gunn Allen's book 'Grandmothers of the Light' (1991) which is a collection of goddess stories from Native American culture and an exploration of the shared myths that guided female shamans in their understanding of the sacred. 

This artists' book is one from a collection of her books that are available at Printed Matter, New York. In a recent 2020 interview Gordon states that "I continue to empower myself as a woman who is aging to make deep cultural research visible, and to create an impact on the ethics of thought/behavior and on the mind-body-spirit integration of our modern structure".

14 pages, single-sided, individual pages 3.5" (h) x 5.5" (w), when fully open 7ft 4".

Roy Staab's work can be seen in the final photograph

back cover with Gordon's handmade paper

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