28 Apr SEAMS. 1969.
Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1969
43.5 x 56.3cm, dark blue on white silkscreen print. The word SEAMS descends repeated vertically but there is a space between the SEA and MS. A concrete poem - the space between the parts of the word create a form of negative seam where the two parts of the word are joined. Additionally the first part of the word SEA places this work as a maritime piece - and the splitting of the word is much like the way water is parted by a vessel passing through. Further MS is often an abbreviation of manuscript - and this piece of paper might be seen as such a document.
Like much of Finlay this is a deceptively simple looking construction but on consideration is much much more than just a visual pun.
The image we have used here is from a publication - the print we hold is framed in wood and glass and hard to image without reflections - but the work is in VG+ condition.