In 1850 Edgar Allan Poe published his short story The Island and the Fay. It is the story of a description of nature. Or rather, it is a story about how the perception of a natural phenomenon, in this case an island in the middle of a river, is transformed into something downright fairy-tale like by looking closely and describing it exactly. It becomes namely something that consists of two completely different halves, has an east and west orientation only and is circumnavigated by a fairy in a magic boat.
Till Krause likes this story very much. Not only because of its very peculiar and special language, but above all because of the moment in which the gaze is transformed by the power of the landscape observation, transcending what is seen as well. A concept fundamentally related to his artistic approach. For his annual edition, he takes the story of Poe apart, collages it in 35 individual steps and thus transforms the written text back into a visual manifestation, into a letter island that is clamped into the east-west orientation of the respective sheet.