Tucson, Arizona:: Beta Wehr,, 2000.. One-of-a-Kind. 8 x 6"; 10 pages. Flutter book construction. Found objects. Digital images. In matching paper wrapper sewn at fore edges. Signed and dated by the artist. A black cloth band that extends from the front page to back page and is stitched in place recalls an armband worn for mourning. In the center of the frayed cloth, secured with large stitches, are rusted artifacts. The accordion pages that follow are a photographic continuation of the cover, as the image of the black band and various found and rusted objects runs through the entire horizontal center of the book. The objects are fragments - miscellaneous, disembodied machine parts, nails, thumbtacks, etc. - that have outlived their use. The interior pages also feature a recurring black-and-white photographic cutout of a woman (Wehr), face turned, smiling toward the camera as she steps forward. The images are divided unevenly - torso and head above; torso, legs and feet below. This collaged visual text suggests the path of life and what is lost or rendered obsolete along the way, that which we mourn in its passing, the unchanging self that continues on in spite of inevitable loss.
(Inventory #: 21988)
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