Nicole Dextras ~Canada

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By Sylvi Maccormack and Nicole Dextras
Vancouver, BC: See Through Publishing, 2010. Edition of 25.

5 x 5"; 14 pages. Accordion structure. Printed on Epson Enhance Matte paper using Ultrachrome pigment inks. Printed with an Epson Stylus Pro 11880. Book design and photograph by Nicole Dextras. Text and original masks by Sylvi Maccormack. Bound in wood boards with black elastic bank closure. Numbered.

Nicole Dextras, artist statement: "Sylvi Maccormack originally created this series of masks in 1987 for WOMAN, the debut performance of Kokoro Dance, presented at the Firehall Arts Centre in Vancouver, Canada. While studying contemporary dance with Barbara Bourget, Sylvi was commissioned to create papier maché masks depicting 5 aspects of womanhood: Child, Mother, Grandmother, Warrior, and Beauty. Since then, the image of the Beauty mask has lived on beyond the performance as an iconic figure on Kokoro Dance t-shirts.

"The book project, in collaboration with artist Nicole Dextras, attempts to give voice to the masks and mask maker, who remains an invis/able poet. It also examines the visibility/invisibility of the artist behind the mask and questions our preconceived notions of hero."

Sylvi Maccormack is a singer, songwriter, musician, and activist. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1982 at the age of 21.

Nicole Dextras is a Vancouver-based environmental artist who works in a variety of media including sculpture, interactive public installation, and photography.

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Nicole Dextras Out of Print Title:  

text by Gary Michael Dault
photography by Nicole Dextras
2005. Edition of 125.

Each book 3 x 7" closed; open approximately 18" wide. Boxed set of eight books 3.75 x 7.5" by 4" deep. Printed on Epson Enhance Matte paper with Ultrachrome archival inks. Printed on the recto with color photographs and white text on a black background. Colophon printed with ochre background on the verso. Covers constructed of Rising museum board with a dye cut rectangle on the front, exposing the title page. Slipcases digitally printed with black archival ink on Fabriano Ingres paper. Wooden boxes constructed from basswood by David Bradford of the Alder Bay Boat Company.

Dextras is a Canadian photographer and book artist based in Vancouver. Her new series Myths consist of eight accordion fold books illustrated with photographic images pertaining to Greek mythology. The text in each book is by Toronto based writer and critic Gary Michael Dault. He has written poetic prose for this series recounting the tales of: Aphrodite, Atlas, Icarus, The Muses, Narcissus, Poseidon, Persephone and Zeus.

Dextras' photos are theatrical and luxuriant. She collaborated with artists, dancers and actors as models for the various Greek gods and goddesses. These deities are accompanied by architectural details shot in Greece, Turkey and Italy.

Each title contains a quote from an ancient Greek philosopher alongside a dedication to the memory of Thomas Lang, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto.

The Deluxe Edition, numbering from one to twenty five, is comprised of the full series of eight slipcased books, housed in a wooden box. The Regular Edition, numbering from one to one hundred pertains to the individually titled books; each tied with a black ribbon and enclosed in a cellophane bag. All books are numbered and signed by the artist.

Deluxe boxed set $550 (SOLD)
Individual Title $60


We think of
standing armless in the Louvre,
but it’s hard to believe
in so mineralized a goddess of love

when Botticelli has given us
his golden, ephemeral,
sun-kissed, zephyr-blown
vision washed ashore on sea foam.

sweetly sprung from a clamshell,
was a very busy Olympian
~love’s flowery work is never done~

haughtily refusing
the great Zeus’s hand
(and indeed all of his parts),
only to be forced, as a result,

to marry Hephaestus,
the Roman Vulcan,
to whom she was
notoriously, exuberantly, extravagantly

Aphrodite was,
in fact,
delicately but persistently prolific,
as love must be.

Amor vincit omnia:
love conquers all~and everybody. 
Her having generated Olympian babies
with Ares, Hermes, Dionysus,
and even with the watery Poseidon,

probably made her the right choice
to receive, at Paris’s hands,
in that infamous inaugural
Beauty Contest,
the shining Apple of Discord.

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