[New York, NY], 2016. Unique artist's book, on acid free Heromi papers as well as papers treated by the artist, signed by the artist in black acrylic on the back of the box / book and dated 2016. Size: 3 -1/2 x 5 x 2 inches; book is a found book object of antique metal (brass with stamp "made in Austria") box crafted as an early bound book with metal clasp at foredge. The box has the look of an heirloom, a museum piece, a collector's item. It is a product of old world craftsmanship. The artist / author tells us, "FOR SAFE KEEPING is a reliquary for words. The messenger, a heart shaped box, rests on a white cotton glove sprayed with black letters. The heart is collaged with words punched out or cut from an old book of Wordswoth's poems. I repurposed the words and used them as a ghost for the new words; digitally printed but similar. A hole cut in the heart's center is a hive for words and images. The photo of an empty chair at the top of the heart speaks without words. We are being introduced to new technologies that are causing an evolution in the ways we communicate. Sign language in the form of emoticons is a recent example of using images or signs to convey a feeling. Texting has replaced phone conversation...I suggest thru a collage of words and phrases, hand writing and digital printings that the ways we use language may be relegated to history ... an archeological find. The promise of new technologies to change our communication skills has been an exciting, thought-provoking subject for a number of my artist's books. I am the fly on the wall watching."Jade adhesive was used to affix words and heart and glove to the inside front cover and well created by the "book" object. All text is hand-lettered in India ink. The heart is wood collaged with treated papers with the well in the center collaged and filled with paper and paper punched dots, and rubber-stamped on top. The fly on the wall is hand made using acid-free paper and archival ink and fabric. The cotton glove is the type used for handling rare books. The text reads (in part), "Once Upon a Time / its meaning / is / unmistakable / So many stories lay buried within the Twilight Nature of Words. / a whisper of afterlife of words / ink fades away...what then?" It is indeed a good question. Much has been written about the future of the printed word, but here an artist grapples with the problem visually and it is, perhaps, more provocative than any essay. (Inventory #: 11138)
Book arts, Livres d'Artiste, Fine Bindings, American Women Authors, Book Arts, Feminism, Fine and Private Press
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