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An Exhibition of Work by Sylvia Ptak

by (artist) Sylvia Ptak, commentaries by Kyo Maclear

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publisher: Coach House Books
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Sylvia Ptak takes very seriously the idea of the materiality of the written word; in fact, she has made it literally material. Ptak, a Toronto artist, spent countless hours in the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library poring over old manuscripts, scrutinizing not the meanings of the words but their shapes. These, she has replicated on gauzy fabric. Swirls of threads mimic cursive script, swaths of colour imitate illuminated letters, different threads reproduce layers of a palimpsest. None of it is readable as text, but all of it is disquietingly familiar – it is remarkable that, without a single identifiable letter, we are still able to discern French from Hebrew.Commentary is in full colour throughout and includes the artist's remarks and an essay by Kyo Maclear. It is a publication of the University of Toronto Library.

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Kyo Maclear is the author of many books for children, including Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli, and some for adults. When she was a little girl, she wanted very badly to be a fashion designer. She spent countless hours drawing odd dresses, including a very special cloud dress. Her style muses include her mother, Patti Smith, the residents of Moominvalley, and anyone with a sense of casual and androgynous flair. Though she loved writing about Schiaparelli’s signature color, shocking pink, Kyo’s own favorite color is blue. She plants her garden with flowers in all shades of blue, and in spring when they bloom, it’s a blue extravaganza. Kyo makes her home in Toronto, where she lives with her two sons and husband, a musician. You can find her at www.kyomaclearkids.com.

 

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