About this piece:
In March 2020 my grocery store no longer allowed reusable bags because of a state-ordered ban due to Covid-19. During the 18 weeks the ban was in effect, I collected about 55 brown paper bags from my bi-weekly grocery shopping. The Covid Codices: Volumes I-IV are constructed from these bags. These volumes are modeled on the Proverbia MS 987 Codex (Proverbs of Solomon) held in the collection of the Berlin Staatsbibliotek, thought to be from the fourth century. The single original volume of MS 987 consists of papyrus and leather with a blind-tooled design.
The four volumes are single-quires of brown paper grocery bags sewn through a stay into the constructed pasteboards. Each of the four covers has a different woven or decorated paper cover reflecting the pattern of the original. The slipcase (the historic MS 987 does not have one) uses recycled corrugated boards and is likewise decorated.
paper, thread, cord, corrugated cardboard
About the artist:
Lives and works in Norwich, Vermont.
Stephanie Wolff works with paper, text, textile, and the book form, often with projects that explore themes of weather, history, and rural life. She has been awarded fellowship/residencies, including from the American Antiquarian Society and the Jaffe Center for Book Arts. Her artist books are held in public and private collections and been exhibited in the United States and Germany. As a longtime teacher of book arts, she enjoys sharing her knowledge from many years in bookbinding, conservation, and fine arts.