About this piece:
This book contains two timelines, each corresponding to the other by date. The first side (This Land Is Your Land) contains a series of significant events involving the United States in the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. On the other side of the book (This Land Is My Land), each page is dedicated to a major natural disaster that occurred in the United States on the date of a corresponding political event on the other side. The book is part of a body of work exploring the concept of covenant as a sociopolitical, interpersonal, or physical bond. The correlating events in the book signify metaphysical or spiritual connections between lands and people through time, and the shared experience of facing eminent destruction from different, yet coinciding forces.
The imagery and text for this project came from my own research, primarily done online, of news articles and weather reports.
This book has a dos-à-dos binding structure with accordion folded spreads. The pages were printed on Fabriano Rosaspina paper using a combination of reduction woodcut and relief collograph printing techniques. The significant dates, in large text on each spread, were printed with wood type on a Vandercook press. The small explanatory paragraphs, along with the timelines on the final spread of each side of the book, were screen printed. This book also functions as an object or sculpture, since the binding allows it to be stretched out and stood on end. The book then forms a dividing wall, suggestive of the wall that separates Israel from the West Bank and Gaza. It can also be thought of as a metaphorical wall connecting two opposing or corresponding sides.
paper, book board, ink, glue
About the artist:
resides in Denver, Colorado, United States
Kim Morski is a printmaking artist living and working in Denver. Her mixed media works on paper and limited edition artist books have been recognized by the 2014 Spudnik Press Studio Fellowship in Chicago, the 2012 St. Louis Artists’ Guild Printmaking Residency, the 2010 John T. Milliken Foreign Travel Scholarship, and the 2010 Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Award for Outstanding Achievement in Book Design. Morski’s work has been exhibited nationally in solo and group shows at venues including: Sager Braudis Gallery, Printed Matter, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.