Mary Ann Sampson. Howl at the Moon, Shoot Out the Lights. One-of-a-kind.
(Ragland,AL: Mary Ann Sampson. 1997.) Sam Fleming Southern Civilization Collection.
Vanderbilt University Special Collections
This original artwork by Mary Ann Sampson is bound in hand-painted and collaged black boards with a black cloth spine and silver pen star-like accents. Materials and techniques include pen and ink, colored pencils, small collage pieces; and pinholes. The title page contains a cut out paper title that is tipped in. Sampson began using music themes early in her art career. When she decided to choose a press name, the One-Eye Opera Company (OEOCO Press) she wanted it to reflect her interest in music, especially in the operatic form. This piece reflects that merging of her traditional art — drawing, color sense, composition, quirky slant on life — with the book form. There are two double-page spreads packed with Sampson's whimsical characters in full voice howling at the moon.