Monday, March 2, 2009

Artist book!

Making a full length artist book was much more of an undertaking than I had ever imagined.  I thought I was home free once I had my concept but, oh, was I wrong!!  
This book has to do with the past 8 long years and I found I couldn't put in everything I wanted to, which is just as well.  I had to learn to distill things and figure out when one image would speak for many.  I struggled with the chronological sequence and in the end had to be arbitrary about which pages came in which order.  The Book Arts Roundtable, of which I'm a member, is having a show starting next week at the Pierro Gallery, at the Baird in South Orange, NJ, and this book was made as my contribution.  Since I'm a new member,  this is my first time having a book in the gallery show.   I'm anxious about whether it's  good enough or too controversial.  Tomorrow I hand it in and then I can just let it be.  

As you can see, I used my own paste paper for the cover and I used a Coptic binding.  The "button" is rolled up and glued paper like the cover paper.  The cover pleases me.

Here's my favorite page spread.  I used collage, painting and drawing.  It was a powerful experience working with these images.

I was able to work in some of my prints, relief and otherwise, into the pages.  In this page 
spread the "shock and awe" is a print I did on that subject.


Annie B said...

This looks amazing. I love working with collage for the immediacy and for, as you describe, the power of working with photographic cultural images. The two spreads you've shown here are indeed powerful.

d. moll, said...

I think it looks fabulous.

Sharri said...

Looks plenty gorgeous to me! What a great title, and no I don't think it is too controversial - it is timely and should generate lots of dialogue and that is a very good thing.