[Cambridge, MA and Acton, ME: Double Dutch Designs, 2016. Artist's book, 1 of five copies, on Hahnemuhle paper and transparency film and translucent cotton rag vellum, signed by the artist on the colophon page which is laid in loose. Page size: 7 x 11 inches; 122pp. Bound by the artist: sewn signatures into part of green canvas vehicle cover with leather window on spine, two industrial buckles for fastening; inside of cover lined with khaki-colored silk bookcloth, housed in custom-made green cloth clamshell box. The artist's statement / colophon tells us that this book was inspired by a visit to Normandy on the 65th anniversary of D-Day. Later, while visiting an allied cemetery, seeing the beautiful flowers and immaculately groomed graves, she was struck by the dissonance between the location today and that of 1944. The dichotomy between the horror of war and the beauty of the cemeteries is realized in the images photographed by the artist, the dried flowers (picked at Grandcamp Maisy) sewn into the pages, the texts of soldiers accounts (from PBS website) and letters home(purchased by the artist) as well as vintage photographs copied and collaged make this a moving memento of the sacrifices made in World War II. Pages are torn, hand-stitched, papers interspersed, dried flowers between translucent pages followed by images from WWII printed from glass negatives of fallen soldiers, loose threads (often red), splotches of red on page visible on another providing poignant views of grave stones or soldiers or their loved ones. Printing is on an Epson Stylus Pro 3800 with Epson Ultrachrome K3 ink. It is a "scrapbook" reminding the viewer of sacrifices made by the combatants and their loved ones. (Inventory #: 11145)
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