A Forest Petrifies: Diamond Feedback
Metadata56 pp.perfect boundsoftcover2 colors offset (black + 1 PMS)Format: 110 x 180 mmPrint run: 700 copiesLanguage: EnglishRennes, October 2019ISBN: 978-2-36582-035-6
CreditsText: Félicia AtkinsonTranslation: Rachel ValinskyDesign: Bartolomé Sanson
AboutA forest petrifies: Diamond Feedback is the first part of a larger novel in several episodes.Inspired by the Petrified Forest in Arizona and its ability to change over time from an organic to a mineral state, the story was concieved by the musician and artist Félicia Atkisnon over the past five years, while its on-going writing has been the starting point of many of Atkinson’s music lyrics and recent records and exhibitions.A part of the book takes place in the middle of the desert in an indistinct future. Two men are having a discussion by a fire in a modernist house. The music they are listening to is not emitted by a device but by themselves, it’s a new kind of technology. They look at the embers of the fire and it reminds them of a painting by Jeronemus Bosch. They suddenly wonder if those embers could be a republic of some kind.A Forest Petrifies is a novel about the perception of time and how some places mark people’s minds.
ExtractAn old dream came back to me, one of those adolescent, nocturnal visions: I am a crocus, most likely, under the snow. I wait for the thaw, which does not come. I start to look around me. What is this covered up environment made of? What’s this terrifying basement? I realize that I am the only flower left, that around me are only grass, insects, and small flames. I wonder, flames under the snow? How clever! Shouldn’t they make the snow melt? I begin to shiver, praying that one of them devours and warms me up all at once. I forget the word for hell, and distract myself from what is happening to me by trying to find it. I wake up before finding out if the snow, and the earth, had completely melted.