Created for the 2015 Ideation Experience exhibition.
Artist Statement about work:
The theme for this book emerged during a search for a public domain image for a different project. As i plowed through one of my storage boxes i found a high contrast reproduction of almagestum novum by giovanni battista riccioli, bologna, 1651. This became the image for this book. The text was extracted from scans of pages 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 10, and 11 of a voyage to the moon by monsieur cyrano de bergerac (new york: doubleday & mcclure co., 1899). I established as my narrative composition rule: 5 consecutive lines on the same page. To create the narrative through erasure, hand sewing was employed. Each page began with the placement of a cutting from the overall image. This directed the sewn axis on the page and placement of the individual lines of text. The handmade paper was created in 1991 from the recycling of rejected prints of my first letterpress edition with cotton linters. The paper was too soft to hold up to a sewn binding hence the creation of the fan design.
Created using the following Ideation Deck card draws: color – monochromatic; structure – innovative; image – extracted from a single image; technique – collage; layout – random; text – process of erasure
Elsi Vassdal Ellis creates books in a well-equipped studio in the Pacific Northwest. Since 1983 she has produced 151 editions (offset, letterpress, digital, stenciled, punched and cloth) as EVE Press as well 115 one-of-a-kinds. She exhibits nationally and internationally. Her work is permanently housed in many public collections including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, New York City Public Library, Brooklyn Museum, Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Grabhorn Collection in the San Francisco Public Library.