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Four Trees
Joan Roth

Four Trees, Joan Roth

Four Trees, Joan RothFour Trees
Joan Roth
Coracle Press


Edition of 100
22 pages
310 x 225 mm
ISBN Not Available


These four photographs in reproduction are taken from a handful of originals by Joan Roth, made in the late nineteen nineties and early two thousands, most usually of the trees in the gardens of her house in Hymenstown, New Inn, County Tipperary, Ireland. Here the two centrefold images are of eucalyptus trees in Elk, California, not native to her more temperate Ireland, but to her other home on the west coast of America.

Before the digital copies of the images presented here, they were printed as silver nitrate gelatine prints on mould-made and hand-made paper. Exposed lightly in the darkroom from the negative, more detail and darkness was then added by graphite pencil.
(source: text within the book)

About the Artist
Joan Roth was an ardent photographer, with a focused passion on nature, trees and foliage. She was also a talented writer; her final project Dog Tales chronicled the stories of the dogs in her life. Together Joan and her husband Bill shared a deep interest in art, literature and music, and were dedicated conservationists who donated 450 acres of land to form the Fairfield Osborn preserve just north of San Francisco in Sonoma County. Originally from the United States, Joan Roth made a second home in Co. Tipperary, Ireland, with her husband.

About the Publisher
Coracle is a small publishing press directed by writer and artist Erica Van Horn and poet, artist and editor Simon Cutts. The consistent intention has been to involve artists, editors, poets and writers in the creation of an eclectic synthesis of word, image and print that could flourish in book form through exploration of metaphor, allusion, paradox and irony. It was initially started from a small farm between the hills of South Tipperary, Ireland in 1996. Mostly based in London from the 1970s, as a publisher, gallery, and a space for books, ‘workfortheeyetodo’ was the last bookshop-based project there, held in the mid-1980s. Coracle now continues more remotely as a printer-publisher, employing many of the devices and formats of hypothetical publishing inherent in the small press. Inevitably, much of the content of the publishing is of the nature of the book itself, in both critical and playful dimensions. The content almost always contains a residue of poetry, and a concern with the mechanisms of the book as a manifestation of the poem itself.