Elsi Vassdal Ellis – Full Circle


© 2018
edition of 60
dimensions in inches: 4.5 x 4.5 x .13

Jonathan Taplin’s essay “Rebirth of a Nation” in the November 2018 issue of “Harper’s Magazine” posited that Trump could be viewed as an interrex and the Oliver Cromwell of American history. He raised questions about today’s political scene rife with gerrymandering and minority rule, the question of popular versus electoral votes, challenges to voting rights, and future political potential of state’s rights. Santayana’s cyclical claim of history (“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.)” came to mind. Keying in on quotes by analysts in the essay that the US balance sheet is being leveraged by Trump like one of his bankrupt casinos inspired structure choice (fishbone), paper (translucent sheet for hoped government transparency and the crisp sound the new paper bills), and color (orange). The narrative is not just about current politics. It is a reminder for all of us: what goes around comes around, and we should keep this in mind when we make decisions.

Books 1-10 are reserved for a boxed set of books focusing on integrating content into variations of the fishbone structure as well as different printing techniques; 11-60 are available for individual sale.


paper, ink

About the artist:

Lives in Bellingham, Washington, United States

Elsi Vassdal Ellis taught design production and book arts for 40 years, retiring June 2017. She established EVE Press in 1983 and has produced over 141 editions via offset, letterpress and digital printing, and 127 unique books employing a variety of techniques and materials. Her work is permanently housed in many public collections including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, New York City Public Library, Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Grabhorn Collection in the San Francisco Public Library, and Arts of the Book Collection in the Yale University Library.


Elsi Vassdal Ellis – Full Circle