Font, Marina (Artist/Photographer) & Volpe, Lisa (Contributor). MARINA FONT: ANATOMY IS DESTINY/LA ANATOMIA ES DESTINO. Seattle, WA: Minor Matters Books, 2018. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 80 pages. Fine/Fine.

The artist/photographer's breakthrough debut monograph. The single best introduction to the photographically-based art and achievement of Marina Font. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only that will, by design, have limited distribution. A brilliant production by Marina Font and Minor Matters Books: Oversize-volume format. Blood-red cloth boards with metallic-silver titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by Marina Font. Essay by Lisa Volpe. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper by Oddi in Iceland to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Marina Font's "Anatomy Is Destiny/La Anatomia Es Destino". Biology = Not Destiny. Consists of Font's two major sequences thus far, "Mental Maps" and "Dark Continents". Both subvert the female nude, a major medium, not just subject, in the whole history of Western art, through what Lisa Volpe calls a "constellation of The Feminine". "I have continued to explore the complexity of the human psyche and its inner threads in order to further investigate my relationship with the multiple intersecting factors that constitute the female identity, delving into its multiple aspects. The central axis of these very intuitive and visceral works is the approach to the female body perceived mainly through three planes: The biological, the psychological, and the social, and the juxtapositions and connections among these themes. I depart from a black-and-white photograph of a female body and make of these neutral photographs a canvas for recreating, through the physical labor of sewing, metaphors of the mind's systematic representation of the world. My hands intervene each work manually, and through this intimate, performatic ritual, the embodiment of the photograph becomes the common ground where the familiar and the foreign meet, as an individual attempt to blur the lines between the internal and external spaces of the body. The construction of these mental maps evokes diverse psychological states and emotions with meanings that are in constant flux, never fixed, just like our identities. I aim to approach what lies beyond control and reason, exploring, through the act of drawing with thread, embroidery, fabric, and appropriated crochet pieces onto the photographic surface, the intricate mysteries of the psyche. I intend to shed imaginary light on the female experience in order to build idealized and fantastical connections to the forces of the unconscious" (Marina Font). An absolute "must-have" title for Marina Font collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed and dated (in the year of publication) in black pen-marker on the half-title page by Marina Font. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is now collectible. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and publication-year dated copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only that will, by design, have very limited distribution. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with color plates. One of the most brilliant artist/photographers of our time. A fine copy. . ISBN 0990603695. $80.00

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