About this piece:
It may come as a surprise to learn the right to vote is not explicitly stated nor provided for in the United States Constitution. Rather, this right has been shaped by Amendments, Congressional legislation, judicial review, and requirements and restrictions enacted by the States. Voting is a fundamental and cherished expression of patriotism and democracy. By casting a vote, one is connected to the principals of Government of the People, by the People and for the People. However, laws and regulations regarding voting rights are becoming more restrictive and onerous. Ballot BOX, a literal and symbolic representation of a right which should be available to all Americans but which is being threatened and eroded, contains a riddle and quotes from historical and literary figures on the subject of voting. Most importantly, it includes general information on voter eligibility and registering to vote. Ballot BOX is intended to both inform and inspire people to do just that.
This book was produced in collaboration with Dawn Hobson, Margaret Johnson, Ben Melhuish and Caroline Williams at The Windowpane Press.
The text for this book is hand set type and letterpress printed in two colors on a Vandercook SP15 and a 1926 Chandler & Price. The pages are hand bound.
paper, ink, thread
About the artist:
resides in Seattle, Washington, United States
For Bonnie Thompson Norman, books are a passion and a profession. She has been proprietor of The Windowpane Press for over thirty years. She learned printing at The Woman’s Building in Los Angeles, eventually becoming their Studio Director. In Seattle, Bonnie works as a hand book binder and letterpress printer and teaches classes in printing and book making. She produces works that offer challenging questions, provocative puns and inspiration about timeless and/or contemporary issues in the form of broadsides and artist’s books. Her work is in public and private collections.