Orlando Act II: Metamorphosis - A3 Riso Print
Virginia Woolf's 1928 novel follows the ups and downs of the titular Orlando — beginning his tale as a nobleman in 16th century England and ending the novel as a woman living in 20th century England. Orlando transcends time and gender, and in a pivotal scene, transforms from a man to a woman after falling into a deep slumber in the middle of a warring Constantinople. Three ladies visit them during their sleep: Purity, Chastity and Modesty, but their pleas are unheard amidst the trumpeting calls of Heaven's angels announcing Orlando's inevitable transformation as Truth.
Orlando was a dedication from Woolf to her lover at the time, Vita Sackville-West. The original photos in the book that depict Orlando throughout the ages include photos of Sackville-West herself.
Nigel Nicolson, Sackville-West's son, wrote, "The effect of Vita on Virginia is all contained in Orlando, the longest and most charming love letter in literature, in which she explores Vita, weaves her in and out of the centuries, tosses her from one sex to the other, plays with her, dresses her in furs, lace and emeralds, teases her, flirts with her, drops a veil of mist around her."
Woolf and Sackville-West had a complex relationship that did not end happily. Many view Orlando as a manifestation of her love for Sackville-West — a version of Vita that could never leave Virginia.
✷ Edition of 75 (Stamped and numbered)
✷ 4-colour riso print
✷ Size: A3 (420mm x 297mm)
✷ Printed on 225gsm uncoated speckled Wudii paper
✷ NOTE: Only self-collection available for A3 prints
✷ Do note that due to the nature of risograph printing, no two prints are the same, and will have different registrations/may not be aligned