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The Raven// "Black Raven 1845" Open Edition

The Raven// "Black Raven 1845" Open Edition

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"Black Raven 1845" from Edgar Allen Poe's poem The Raven. This is an open edition, double 'paper cut' print. This means that the raven cut from the 1st page (on the right) creates the artwork on the 2nd page.

Open Edition Details

Printed on 215gsm fine art paper. Unframed. 

Print Details

I have placed the entire Raven poem on a single page without line breaks. From this page I have cut out letters that make up the last line of the poem: "And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor shall be lifted never more." Each letter stays in the same order as it was found on the page. No anagrams. You should be able to read through the page and work out what the cut out line is. No whole words are taken. This line is positioned in the bottom right corner of the page.

The second page uses the raven cut from the first. However, I have reversed the image. Within this page I have 're-reversed' the words 'Nevermore' and 'Lenore'.

Each bird represents a character from the poem. The 1st - main page - represents the narrator who descends into madness at the thought of seeing his Lenore nevermore. The 2nd page represents Lenore. She becomes transformed by death.

I have used a page number of 1845. This is the first publication date of The Raven.

You will also notice a line running horizontally between the 2 images. I have broken and staggered this line. Again, this represents the bond they once had. You could also view this as a lifeline, love line.

The colour I have chosen is a mix of greys and blacks designed to reflect the colourings of a raven.

Limited Edition Sets

For those wanting a limited edition set, I have green and purple editions available. Please follow this link for details:

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