Asheville, North Carolina:: Clarissa Sligh,, 2014.. Edition of 10. 4.5 x 6.25"; 23 pages. Flutter book. Letterpress. Linoleums cuts. Bound in cloth boards. Signed and numbered by the artist. LAST COPY is AP Clarissa Sligh: "I call this my mother book. When I look back at what she was able to do and be with the limitations of her life, I continue to be amazed and my respect for her grows. "As a captive spectator of the relationship between her and my father, I saw him as smart, dashing and witty, appearing strong and overbearing, while she was quiet and demure. He always had the last word but I was always aware that she guided the ship the way she wanted it to go. And I am grateful for that." Clarissa Sleigh, about the making of the book: "This little book came out of an intensive workshop that I took with John Horn (Shooting Star Press), a retired master printer from Little Rock .I signed up for and took his workshop at Penland in 2014. I wanted to see what it was like to be around a master printer at work. It was truly amazing. "I had a few days to come up with this narrative, set the type, and cut the linoleum blocks. Although I proofed the text numerous times, it wasn't until after the run was fully printed that I saw that the word "her" had been left out. "After I returned home, I knew the title did not work for the piece, but I put a book together and sent it to John for his archives. That book has a black cloth cover. "I saw that the piece was fatally flawed. Prints didn't always fall in the right place for the folding, a variety of papers were used, the missing word was written in, the title didn't make sense, and the folded pages skewed. I could not fix it but I was hoping the little book might be what someone needed. "The front cover image was not made consciously. I see it as a 'take off' on musical symbols, but also representing the blending/melding of me and my mother's body. When I was young, my mother would make us kids go to bed fairly early so she could have a little peace. I would lay in bed with my head against the wall and listen to her practice on our upright piano. She sang off key on our out of tune piano - trying to get the notes right. On the spine is an 'S' inside a house symbol. That's me."
(Inventory #: 21941)
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