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About this piece:
The text of this book was handset in Van Dijck types cast by M&H and printed on Nideggen paper. Illustrations in woodcut and photopolymer are paired with variable hand-marbling on the cover and interior pages. The book’s design addresses the traditional codex form. Illustrations are printed across the gutter, and when bound in signatures, become truncated, reappearing later in the book. This severing through construction mirrors the violent and recursive themes in the poetry.
This collection of poems by the award-winning American poet Don Welch is only published in this collaborative edition. Welch takes an epic scope and a hauntingly personal voice in his collection of war poetry. With subjects ranging from the long-past battles of Troy and medieval England to the more recent conflicts in Bosnia and Afghanistan, he offers a sobering glimpse into the seemingly perpetual cycles of human violence. But interspersed throughout the timeline are the vignettes of loving conversations, spare and intimate, that offer a sense of unconquerable optimism. Designed, illustrated, printed, and bound by Elysia Mann at All Along Press.
paper, book board, thread, ink, acrylic
About the artist:
resides in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Originally from rural Nebraska, Elysia moved to Saint Louis to attend Washington University where she received her BFA in printmaking in 2007. With Steven Brien, she established the print studio, All Along Press, where she publishes her prints, limited edition artist books and other collaborative projects. Her work has been shown locally and nationally including at Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts, the Sheldon Galleries, Schema Projects in Brooklyn and the Ground Floor Gallery in Nashville. She has received numerous awards and honors, including two Nebraska Book.