Saturday, February 21, 2009

Stephanie Vegh

Dashiell Hammett's Violent Masterpiece Red Harvest

"This library contains seven distillations of a second-rate paperback print of hard-boiled detective writer Dashiell Hammett’s Red Harvest, which depicts the disorientation and downfall of the Continental Op as he struggles to purge the criminal lifeblood of the corrupt mining town of Personville, familiarly known as Poisonville. The individual book-objects are tactile interpretations of key elements of the narrative, each attuned to the commonplace violence of Red Harvest with its masculine trappings of leather, gin and dead matches for cigars long since extinguished."

Emerging artist and writer Stephanie Vegh was born in Hamilton, Canada in 1980, where she studied Art and Comparative Literature at McMaster University. She completed her MFA at the Glasgow School of Art and has since served as Artist-in-Residence with the Repton School in Derbyshire, England and written essays and articles for various galleries and publications throughout the United Kingdom and Canada.
In 2007, she returned to Hamilton where she serves on the Boards for Directors for Hamilton Artists Inc. and The Print Studio. Her drawings have been included in group shows in Hamilton, Toronto and Winnipeg, and she will be mounting her first significant solo exhibition at the Leeds College of Art and Design in 2010.

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