After Beauty by Maura Sullivan at L'intervalle
L'intervalle - the blog about literature, photography, artistic gestures, human sciences, philosophy, interviews and chronicles is curated by Fabien Ribery. He is a journalist, author, associate professor of modern literature and lecturer at the University of Western Brittany (UBO).
Grey linen cover, hot stamped with handwritten lettering, After Beauty by Maura Sullivan, published in the Netherlands by the 1605 Collective, is a formally sumptuous and highly poetic work.
Maura Sullivan's second monograph after Things We Remember (Skeleton Key Press, Norway, 2021), After Beauty is inspired by several poems by Walter Fields, which define beauty as an attitude to life rather than as a prettiness of appearance.
A young woman appears, barely visible in the sunlight that surrounds her.
Where are we? In limbo? The moment when the mind awakens to dimensions of infinity? There are superimposed images, a confusion of identity, a long negotiation between the shadows and the very white light.