About this piece:
When my university library switched from the 80-column card system known as ALICE to the scanned bar codes, these cards became obsolete. There was no thought given to preserving some of the evidence of this former system. Library staff recycle these obsolete Automated Library Information Circulation Equipment cards when a book is mended. I began collecting these beautiful and informative artifacts that noted the “popularity” of a book, with multiple due date stamps and cancellations to no marks whatsoever. I also wanted to preserve their place in history and when I had collected enough, present them in the form of that referenced their former function while playing on the system’s acronym. This book is an alternative telling of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The edition size is based on the number of book cards pertaining to Lewis Carroll as author and subject held in the library. There were to be 12 but the holes in the cards led to the demise of my long-serving C88+ printer.
Images are portions of those by created Tenniel for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland first edition. They were placed on cards that connected my narrative with that of Alice’s original adventures. The title of the book is the title of the last chapter of Alice’s Adventures.
paper, book cloth, tag board
About the artist:
lives in Bellingham, Washington
Elsi Vassdal Ellis established EVE Press in 1983 with her first offset edition; letterpress in 1990; and digital in 1996. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is housed in many public and private collections. She has produced over 129 editions and 127 unique books. Her work is permanently housed in many public collections including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Grabhorn Collection-San Francisco Public Library, and Arts of the Book Collection in the Yale University Library.