This book opens with the line, “She carries a mercury vapor light, kindling and flickering an inkling blaze, and proceeds into pyrotechnics of possibility.”
The reader is lead through the pages by a character who abides in a state of wonder and spontaneity careening between poetry and science to explore creative and destructive forces. Through words and images of incantatory ignition, the book opens to graphic embellishments, such as The Explosimeter, a graph detecting locations between inertia and momentum and expansion & contraction. The tale begins with seeds of fire, moves through desire and the unforeseen, and culminates in sparks of potential.
Casey Gardner began her career in the ski racing world of the Colorado Rockies. After graduating from CU Boulder with a degree in journalism, she worked in newspaper and magazine publishing before enrolling in art school. She has a BFA in printmaking and graphic design from California College of the Arts. At CCA, she studied book art with Betsy Davids. She lives in Berkeley, CA, making books and working as a graphic designer with Oona Kumataka at C+O Design.