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"ORBIANA OLIVETO is a suite of nineteen drawings made and printed in the monotype medium on the intaglio press of the Ligurian Study Center for the Arts and Humanities at Bogliasco Italy in March and April of 2003 when Ann and I were in residence there.
They were made after several days of contemplation and drawing in the olive grove surrounding my studio there, followed by my usual procedure of improvisational drawing from memory and imagination. Between a frontispiece and an end piece of just olive arboreal motifs are 17 compositions alternating verso and recto between figurative interiors suggested by Odyssean incident and “rhyming” configurations of the trees.
The nineteen short prose poems written to accompany them are by the distinguished poet, Rosanna Warren. Her most recent poetry volume is Ghost in a Red Hat."