In the latest Fall issue of Wellesley, the magazine for alumna of Wellesley College, there is an article by Francie Latour on artists' books in the Special Collection in the Wellesley College Library. Included is an attractive full-page spread on Sanctus Sonorensis.
Ms. Latour writes:
"Sanctus Sonorensis is a book of prayer. Like ancient religious texts, it's power lies in the way it quiets and centers us: through illuminated text, through its weight and gilded edges, through cahnted repition. But this missal speaks to a modern-day American flock–a country divided ove the immigrants crossing our borders, and exhausted by the screaming debate that defines immigration politics.
In the Catholic mass, the Sanctus is a hymn sung with solemn voices. Sanctus carries that hymn into Arizona's Sonora Desert, a place where thousands slip through searching for opportunity, and thousands die searching. Zimmermann's work shows us nothing of what happens on that treacherous ground. Instead, it opens to hypnotic images of desert sky that progress from dawn to dusk. Each passing hour fills the page with limitless blue expanse, with clouds stretched over sun, with stray lightning or scattering birds–the, with sheets of mournful, gathering darkness. Each sky carries its own beatitude."
If you would like to read the full article, you can get it here.