Ongoing edition of unique artist books: 2012
Library catalog cards, paint, ink & archival inkjet on Dobbin Mill paper with inclusions, stained book cloth, staples
The tragedy of lost life and of the bookseller community of Al-Mutanabbi Street, Baghdad was the catalyst for a traveling book exhibition and this ongoing series of ‘lost books’. Library catalog cards were an effective choice of material to reference the books destroyed and LOST.
So I sat with the cards, read hundreds, searching out those that related by content or style, or created interesting texts. Using acrylic paint as ‘white-out’ I continued to develop the ‘story-lines’ of this ongoing series. Paper was made with inclusions of written & drawn elements, and the book cloth was purposely stained. The resulting series honors the books that are missing and makes new ones from those ruins.
Catalog cards courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum Libraries.