A Tentative Conversation to begin the New Year

Posted: January 1, 2017 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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A Tentative Conversation Mo16
“A Tentative Conversation”
Mo 16
accordion book
260cm W x 17cm H
grape vine tendrils, graphite, ink, gouache, thread, watercolour paper, Japanese Abaca paper
A Tentative Conversation detail Mo16
detail of Grape Vine tendril front gate
A Tentative Conversation detail Mo16
trying to read the signs
considering some curly questions
different ways of looking
A Tentatitve Conversation Mo16
the back gate
A Tentative Conversation Mo16
making an opening for listening
2am  January 1, 2017

  1. i really really love this, Mo….how expressive the vines are, how alive…..the Different ways of
    this is truly WONDER FULL
    Love and Love to you and your Man

  2. Liz A says:

    The tendril gates are a wonderful addition

  3. Liz A says:

    And Happy already New Year!

  4. snicklefritzin43 says:

    The book contains a language of new form…beautifully expressing thoughts to ponder. A new year unfolds and each page a picture of newness. Wonderful, wonderful

  5. A wonderful book, who knew grape tendrils could be so expressive.

  6. dinahmow says:

    This little book speaks to me!

    I have been meaning to ask…do you “treat” the tendrils in any way to keep them pliable?

    • Mo Crow says:

      these grape vine tendrils are painted with a very black pigmented ink made by Spectrum for aesthetics not protections, the cellular structure of the tendrils is very strong, supple and springy. I have been making hopeful things & a book with grape vine tendrils since 2011 both painted and unpainted & they haven’t lost any of that springiness over time, even the very fine ones hanging in full sun in the kitchen window!
      BTW have you figured out what they’re saying?

  7. Jane Bodnaruk says:


  8. Stephanie says:

    Very beautiful, Mo. Happy new year!

  9. coloremartine says:

    I came to say happy new year and then this beauty made me speechles……………

  10. I want to touch . . . to feel it and smell it! Looks, wonderful as they are are one think but I’m a person who needs the entire sensory experience. Simply Stunning Mo!

  11. A gathering suggests captioning…but, as you know so well, no one would be writing the same dialogue. We would all be using our ‘filters’ and we would be hearing what we each expect to hear yet the forms are suggestive and it would be fun to construct a narrative. These are truly wonderful Mo…and the book with it’s back gate–brilliant! The force IS with you.

  12. Gates that gently hold open to the dialogues within and around

  13. Anita says:

    This is a thing of great beauty. Love the final words -‘making an opening for listening’. Happy New Year.

  14. fiberels says:

    Love the scribbly tendrils conversation ….
    (speaking of growing, holding onto and letting-go probably)

  15. jude says:

    perfect Mo, new kind of speak.

  16. arlee says:

    Pure Artistry, from Mother Nature’s hands to yours, pure.

  17. handstories says:

    What a gentle language this is- clear and fragile. ox to you.

  18. deemallon says:

    pure magic. pure Mo.

  19. You know I love grape vine tendrils and this such an evocative way to show their beauty, delicacy, and strength. Love it!

  20. Tilly says:


  21. fiona says:

    You know when you think you’ve already left a comment, but clearly didn’t?…This is so exquisite Mo it took my breath away. It whispers, it is tentative, yet it is glorious and expressive. It speaks, we listen…such a gentle way of telling a story, so special.

  22. listening to secret words
    tender words
    mo words

  23. debgorr says:

    Love this…thinking about hinges too.

  24. Carol says:

    I thought I’d left a comment, Mo! Soooo absolutely beautiful, I’m lost for words. What a gorgeous way to start the year.

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