Using the medieval book of hours as a point of departure, Hours
explores ideas of memory and time,
ritual and alchemy. I devised a chemical process for the project, working directly on twenty-four offset printing plates that were used to print the pages of the
book. On press, the treated plates accepted ink in surprising ways,
creating analog images that "developed" through the process of printing.
The images, printed in twenty-four shades of dark blue ink, are reminiscent of
water and waves, rivulets and eddies, primordial creation and geological
erosion. Each plate was used to print a press sheet, which was then
folded down to create a sixteen-page signature in the finished book. Motifs
repeat rhythmically across the spreads, and fingerprints and fold marks
echo the ritualistic repetitions of the book's creation. The book is
scaled for intimate interaction, with a multitude of bookmark ribbons
that add to the composition in ways that change with every viewing.
Published by Container Corps
and presented at the New York Art Book Fair, September 26-28, 2014.
4.5 by 6 inches
Numbered edition of 150
Printed offset in 24 shades of blue, smyth sewn hardbound
My participation in the fair was supported in part by a Career Opportunity Grant
from the Oregon Arts Commission.