This project is the result of an intermingling of stories told by those who have been struck by a sensation of instant connection with another. In the classical world such pricks from a dart of Eros were called Theia Mania (madness from the Gods). Heidi Zednik and I began by collecting audio versions of stories told by those willing to participate in the project. We recorded 12 such stories and these are the basis for both the text and audio portions of this piece. Two of the stories I wished to include could not be told by their subjects, so I wrote my own versions, presented as oral presentations on the CD.
Materials: Aluminim box containes a woven structure book with archivally printed digital pages, tyvek, colorcopy, metal foil, Canson mi tientes paper, a round ribbon accordion with laser etched text in a round aluminum tin with etched lid, a book of lasercopied paper and brass (piano hinge), various herbs in a plastic bag with laserprint insert, laser etched lid and base inserts, a CD and paper CD wrapper. The box is held closed with wrapper of hand-printed book cloth, bookboard, magents, steel and mica.
Alicia Bailey is a studio artist working across multiple disciplines. She has focused on book arts and assemblage since the mid-nineties, producing artists’ books, sculptural books and limited edition books. Her work embraces a wide variety of methods and materials. It has been featured in dozens of solo and group exhibits throughout the world and is held in numerous public, private and special collections. An archive of her work in the book arts is under development at Penrose Special Collections, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado. Alicia is also owner/director at Abecedarian Gallery in Denver. The gallery, located in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe, has an ongoing commitment to and focus on book arts and works on paper.