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.
all the voyage of their life
is bound in shallows
and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat.
Act IV, Scene III