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Oral Like Cloaks, Dialect: Selected Writing by Tiziana La Melia

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“And what exactly does a scarf have to do with an overcoat? you ask. Well, I suppose I was thinking at the time that a scarf would be a good thing to hide up one of my sleeves, covered in the scrawl of this script of coats.”

In this collection of poems, experimental prose and plays, artist Tiziana La Melia charts the subconscious movements of a wandering attention. An overcoat grumbles about the dubiousness of tailors, two flatworms converse about the length of an hour, and the misheard saint Joan d’arc becomes the ambivalent “Joan Dark” — all while the traces of emails and speculative writing prompts can be seen vibrating along the margins of pages, mixed in with spaghetti and stolen powder foundation. At once bookish and naive, these are whimsical, improvisational texts that tell stories in tangents rather than straight lines: writing constructed, and playfully undone.

This updated edition of Oral Like Cloaks, Dialect collects together selections from a decade of La Melia’s early writing (2005-2015) with the addition of several new texts and an afterword by the artist.

*Born in Italy and currently living on unceded Coast Salish territories, Tiziana La Melia is the author of Oral Like Cloaks, Dialect: Selected Writing (Publication Studio, 2015) and the chapbook Broom Emotion (2012). Recent solo and collaborative presentations of her work include The pigeon looks for death in the space between the needle and the haystack, LECLERE Centfare d’art (Marseille, 2017); Broom Emotion, galerie anne baurrault (Paris, 2017); Innocence at Home, CSA Space (Vancouver, 2015); and Johnny Suede, Damien and the Love Guru (Brussels, 2017). In 2014, she was a writer-in-residence at Gallery TPW (Toronto) and winner of the 2014 RBC Painting Competition Prize.

157 pages, b/w, perfect-bound with letterpress cover

9.5 x 7.5 in

Edition of 250

September 2018

ISBN 978-0-9952644-6-5