Shirley Greer

Artist: Shirley Greer (Canada)

Title: Decameron incipits

Medium/technique(s): Leather, bookbinding thread, Somerset Satin paper, screen-printed text and imagery

Edition size: 3

Artist Statement: I am an artist and part-time University Professor, and I work  primarily in the fields of book arts and printmaking. I live in a rural setting on the west coast of the Island of Newfoundland, which is situated on the east coast of Canada.

My artist’s book is in response to the call for submissions for the Locating Boccaccio in 2013 conference. I drew inspiration from the Decameron texts, and from the experiences of my own travels in Italy. I chose a traditional book format to house the text and images, both of which were screenprinted at Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Grenfell Campus printshop.

Using re-purposed leather for the cover, “Incipits”  is bound with a longstitch binding, and is a variation of limp binding from a 1531 account book owned by Jesper Kappenberg (see Bookbinding: Limp bindings from Tallin, Langwe Form, 2008, p. 16).

“Incipit” refers both to the opening words of a medieval manuscript, as well as to the default file name given to untitled documents in some word processing programs. In this way the ancient text is linked to modern technology, my way of ‘locating Boccaccio in 2013’. My book presents an index of first lines from Boccaccio’s Decameron, arranged not in alphabetical order, but in chapter and story sequence. The Incipits are from each of the ten stories told on each of the ten days, and reading them allows the viewer/reader to create their own endings, to read the texts as poetry, or to otherwise respond to and engage with the text.


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11 07 2013
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