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Volume II: Wrathland (Heartland of Darkness)
  • David Sandlin
    born 1956
    born: Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom ; active: United States
  • Volume II: Wrathland (Heartland of Darkness), 1996
  • A Sinner's Progress
  • screen print on paper and book cloth, accordion-bound
  • Paper Type: machine wove light grey
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 52 x 35.2 x 2.4 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 20 1/2 x 13 7/8 x 15/16 in
  • Museum purchase: Helen Foresman Spencer Art Acquisition Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2011.0018
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Description
Inscriptions/Signature

portfolio cover:

Front: Red, cloth-bound double gatefold portfolio cover with design printed recto, center. Design features a yellow shield crossed by two blue muskets. The muskets protrude through the empty eye sockets of a red and purple, grotesque face/mask. An inscription on the shields reads, "Wrath land, God Guns & Glory".

Back: Two lines of blue and yellow ascends from the bottom left and bottom center, suggesting poles. Pole at left is broken off at approximately one inch, while center pole extends into top 1/3 of the composition, where it is topped by a smilling disembodied head (purple) with large yellow eyes, and a yellow disk above suggesting a halo.

Interior, left: A coat of arms with two flags (US and Confederate) above a purple and yellow double-lobed shield, which reads "Loins club." A banderole placed between the flags reads "Gird 'em for God."

Interior, right: Purple circular wreath form overlain with blue/yellow shapes (identified as stones), with a flaming house at the bottom center. A rudely crafted bat or club extends from the center of the wreath to the right edge. Text in the center of the wreath reads "Lottary; we're just a stone's throw...away."

Interior, endpaper, left: All-over composition printed in sage green on oatmeal laid endpaper. A combination of symbols and designs from the book, dominated by a semi-circlular frame at center, around the text "Welcome to our town".

Interior, endpaper, right: All-over composition printed in sage green on oatmeal laid endpaper. A combination of symbols and designs from the book, dominated by a semi-circlular frame at center, around the text "Welcome to our town".

Accordian-fold print:Panoramic scene designed so two halves of the accordian-folded page meet in the center, forming a complete a composition with each opening. Blends parodic religious imagery, grotesque animalian creatures, and text to tell the story of "Wrathland." Composition is printed in sage gree, red, lavender, deep burgundy, and black on white wove paper.