As a child in Lexington, Kentucky, where the history of private press printing dates back to 1787, I formed a very personal take on artist's books. I believe such books should be liberally endowed with both text and images, meant to cherish and enjoy often. I still have my copy of Mr. Poof’s Discovery, by John Jacob and Rena Niles, with line drawings by Harriet MacDonald (Bur Press, 1947).
Is There Something We Can Do explores our relationship to the earth in a sequence of watercolors and texts presented in a circular accordion format, to be read in the round or displayed as sculpture. It was published in 2017, in two parts, as a boxed edition of 25 that includes one of the original watercolor drawings and a blue marble; and as a slipcased edition of 25 that includes an archival pigment print.
A Butterfly Careless, my first book, was a collaboration with the poet and playwright Andrew Gay. Andy’s western-style haiku and my monotype collages call to mind events and images from the natural world. A Butterfly Careless was printed letterpress at Stinehour Press (Lunenburg, Vermont, 2001). The slipcase is stamped in foil with an original monotype laid into a debossed panel.
Images courtesy of Dave Clough Photography