Afloat

Afloat

This travel journal, completed in the Alban Hills, south of Rome, uses costume plates and a fragile map from “Caesar’s Commentaries on the Gallic War” published in 1888. The plates were collaged over mono prints which I textured to resemble the stones of Roman construction. The 22 pages, 7.75” x 5.75” x .75”, have a drum leaf binding with a replica Roman coin on the cover.

The handwritten text, a quote from Shakespear’s play “Julius Caesar”, seemed appropriate since in many ways we now seem to be “afloat” — the title of the book.

There is a tide in the affairs of men,
which taken at the flood,
leads on to fortune.

Omitted,
all the voyage of their life
is bound in shallows
and in miseries.

On such a full sea are we now afloat.

William Shakespeare
“Julius Caesar”
Act IV, Scene III