Three Ships is an archive and travel shrine assembled in memory of the life boats, Stancomb Wills, Dudley Docker and James Caird; Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctic stash of Rare and old Highland malt whiskey; safety and foolishness. It is an exploration in mnemonic devices and the relationship between time, memory and seeing. The title, Three Ships, is taken from An Exercise for Kurt Johannessen (2010), by permission of the author, Sarah Bodman. This edition was created as a part of the BookArtObject Edition Four.
images and text created with photopolymer plates, printed on Somerset book papers and museum board, sculptural clamshell enclosure
Michelle Ray: ‘I approach creating artists’ books in the manner of a Victorian naturalist: by attempting to name the unnamed and gain an understanding of the world through documenting, cataloging, and connecting ideas.’
Michelle Ray was the 2012-2013 artist in residence at Small Craft Advisory Press and received her MFA from the Book Arts program at The University of Alabama. She currently teaches as an Adjunct Professor in the printmaking department at Florida State University. Ray’s work explores experience, memory and the mnemonic/symbolic space that exists in between.