paper, ink, watercolor, wax, silk thread, cloth, boards
52 Hertz explores ideas about silence via the true story of a whale traveling alone. Calling out at a frequency much higher than other whales, his calls go unheard, unanswered. The book is a gatefold pamphlet that makes use of suminagshi; watercolor; hand-waxed paper; letterpress printed woodcuts, linoleum cuts, photopolymer plates, and hand-set metal type to create the vast space of the ocean. The book is constructed of variable page sizes and transparencies so that images recede and reappear as a reader makes his or her way through the layers of silence. The book features an original poem written by the artist. The book is housed in a completely collapsible portfolio box.
Karen Carcia is a letterpress printer and writer. She is the author of On Subjects of Which We Know Nothing (New Michigan Press, 2011). Her poetry has been published in: Conduit, Diagram, Prompt Press, Anomalous, and Forklift, Ohio. She teaches at the University of Iowa Center for the Book and exhibits her work throughout the United States.