Sedna and The Fulmar (only available to buy through SSR Books)
This is to announce the publication of Circle Press's latest book, Sedna and The Fulmar, an Inuit myth with poems by Richard Price, illustrated and printed in blind relief by Ron King.
The book retells the story of the young woman Sedna, tricked by a mysterious lover, then betrayed by her father and ultimately magically transformed into a sea goddess who is central to Inuit belief. Walrus, whale and seal are created of the first time in the enchantment of Senda's transformation.
The story is one that Ron King has wanted to respond to since first encountering the myth in Canada more than fifty years ago. Now, in this powerfully understated work, he has found a way. The book, almost entirely uses blind embossing to make shadows of the images and Inuktitut words. These, as well as light toned letterpress of Richard prices' poems, create an atmosphere of soft yet austere definition, inscribing sensual and increasingly dramatic outlines into a landscape of snow and ice.