edition

2016

title

The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa. A study of melancholy

author

Aleksandra Zaręba (PL)

e-mail

olka.zareba@gmail.com

degree

M.A. project

school

Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw

Faculty of Graphic Arts

supervisor

prof. Maciej Buszewicz

The inspiration for this work was The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa. The polyphonic narrative of the book consists of numerous excerpts left by Pessoa, which were ordered and organized after his death by several publishers. Formally, the project alludes to 16th‑century Christian prints. It is built of printed and handwritten text, while the graphic representation of the notions of destruction and lack is acquired by means of typography, the anatomy of letters. According to the author, “writing and designing melancholy becomes writing and designing with melancholy: that explains historicizing, borrowings, passion for collecting, obsession of writing – unfinished, constantly modified, imperfect, and yet pursuing the imaginary completeness”.