Heather Hunter

Artist: Heather Hunter (UK)

Title: Famous Proba – found (2013)

Medium/technique(s): Patchwork style collaged pages using hand and digital prints. Bound using ‘designating duet’ method from ‘Woven and Interlocking Book Structures’

Edition size: 1

Artist Statement: My found poem (a cento) has been taken from a word pool collected from On Famous Woman by Giovanni Boccaccio, translated, with an introduction and notes by Guido A. Guarino, Chapter XCV, p. 218 : Faltonia Betitia Proba. Found poetry is not a modern phenomenon. The cento, a form of found poetry, was first developed in Ancient Greece when poets started stitching together their own poems entirely from lines or verses taken from Homer. The name came from the Latin word cento ‘Cloak made of patches’ (hence the shape of the book) or the Greek word kentron meaning ‘to graft trees’. Proba in 360AD created her cento that Boccaccio so admired. Words for 20th-century found poetry can be discovered anywhere; on street signs, overheard conversation, prose or newspaper articles. This form was used by surrealist and dada writers in the early 20th century and in the 21st century by the modern experimental Eco poets.

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11 07 2013
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