Amandine Nabarra-Piomelli, “Tempus Fugit”

Book title and closure

Book closed back and front

Book open back and front

Book front view

Book in box

Amandine Nabarra-Piomelli
Los Angeles, California

Tempus Fugit
Vellum, Bristol sheets, Mohab Entrada, brass
2017 Edition 10 and 1 AP (reprint)
24.25” (62 cm) x 3.25” (8,25 cm) x 2” (5 cm)
8” (20cm) in diameter

Artist Statement

Man is filled with clouds that know him from childhood.  – Jean Orizet

While watching clouds that were passing over the port of Genoa (Italy) I was inspired to create this artist’s book. In the midst of thoughts about nature’s forces and movements, tragic events in my life led me to take stock of my existence.

The movement of the clouds creates an unpredictable and mysterious energy that colors our thoughts. In this atmospheric energy I found the strength to contemplate my past and imagine my future. I even glanced at my horoscope to counter nostalgia, sadness and anxiety about my destiny. These coded messages, sometimes prophetic, often funny, became my travel companions.

As clouds and astrological predictions came and went, I found a new equilibrium that enabled me to envision my new life.

Structure of the book: Circular Flexagon Bidding

An artist’s book creates a space to tell a story. To the question “how to represent clouds?” I constructed a three-dimensional structure that turns and eddies on itself while embodying a visual tale. Like a book, the structure opens to allow a linear reading of the photographs and texts.