Gift from the Sea, Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1955)
My mother loved the writer Anne Morrow Lindbergh. The book I chose, Gift from the Sea, is Lindbergh’s meditation on the ocean and its “gift” of shells cast up on the beach. Each shell and its specific shape is a metaphor for a stage of a woman’s life. The essays are personal and universal, beautifully conceived and written. They reflect the challenges and rewards of my mother’s generation as well as my own. At points when their specifics seem a bit dated, I enjoy that they give me a window into her world.
For my RE-covery II project I created a black and white woodcut for the cover that reflects shells in a wavy, agitated light: like sunlight filtering through a rough ocean to the depths below. The blue endpaper of the sea and sky pulls out to show the wide infinity and relative calm of the ocean seen from a distance. The illustrations inside are abstract representations of each subject collaged from various woodcuts I did on Asian paper.
Julia Talcott is an artist and printmaker living in the greater Boston area. She is a member of the Bromfield Gallery and on the board of the Boston Printmakers. She teaches creative woodcut workshops around New England. She is currently at work on her next show which will be an installation of woodcuts at the Bromfield Gallery in September 2023.