On Display: The Griffin & Sabine Trilogy

The Griffin & Sabine Trilogy
By Nick Bantock
Greenfield Library Special Collections 823.914 G875b
v. 1 - Griffin & Sabine
v. 2 - Sabine’s Notebook
v. 3 - The Golden Mean

It all begins when Griffin Moss receives a postcard in his London studio from a complete stranger, Sabine Strohem, a woman half-a-world away who claims to have visions of his paintings as he makes them. And so begins a unique and unusual correspondence as these two would-be lovers try to understand their strange circumstances, and are continually thwarted as they attempt to meet each other face-to-face.

Instead of a typical narrative, Nick Bantock employs postcards and letters to tell his story, matched with evocative and surreal imagery made with mixed media and collage. This approach turns the books themselves into art objects, and asks the readers to become participants in the story as well, as they remove, read, and fold up the letters that Ms. Strohem and Mr. Moss would be reading.

In this age of texts, Facebook, and an ailing postal system, Griffin & Sabine shows how a mundane means of communication can resonate with mystery and wonder. One may be tempted to see Bantock’s story as an artifact of an ‘older age,’ but the real challenge is to find the same possibilities within our current forms of communication, and to transcend them to rediscover the human emotions that we are trying to reveal to each other.

Due to the physical nature of The Griffn & Sabine Trilogy, these books can only be read in the library. Please see one of the staff members or librarians at the Circulation Desk for further details.

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