As the title suggests, The Emily Dickinson Series
was inspired by the late writings of Emily Dickinson as found in Marta Wener's Emily Dickinson's Open Folios: Scenes of Reading, Surfaces of Writing.
The publication brings together forty of Dickinson's late drafts, also known as the "Lord Letters," and is presented with facsimiles of the original writing alongside the typed transcriptions. In Malcolm's collages, she reappropriates this text, juxtaposing it against seemingly unrelated visual ephemera. Everything from highway mileage charts to antiquated photographs can be found in this latest series. Most predominately, however, Malcolm combines Dickinson's writings with astronomical images.
The following correspondence between Marta Werner and Janet Malcolm first appeared in issue 126 of Granta
under the heading "The Emily Dickinson Series: A Correspondence." A version of this text has been reprinted on the following pages with permission.
Janet Malcolm (b. 1934, Prague) is the author of twelve books and a frequent contributor to The New Yorker
and The New York Review of Books
. In addition to her extensive practice of collage making, Malcolm has produced a series of photographs of Burdock leaves. A catalog of these prints, entitled Burdock
, is available from Yale University Press. The artist lives and works in New York City.
Marta Werner is an Associate Professor of English at D'Youville College, Buffalo, NY. Her scholarship resides largely in 19th century literature with a focus on the work of Emily Dickinson and, more recently, the writings of Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne. She has authored and edited several books including Emily Dickinson's Open Folios: Scenes of Reading, Surfaces of Writing
, and Radical Scatters: An Electronic Archive of Emily Dickinson's Late Fragments and Related Texts
. She is also a member of the Emily Dickinson Editing Collective.
Janet Malcolm: The Emily Dickinson Series
will be on view from January 9 - February 8, 2014. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, January 9th from 6-8 pm. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30 am to 6:00 pm. For additional information and/or visual materials, please contact Joseph Bunge at (212) 750-0949
or by email firstname.lastname@example.org