about this piece
This piece was inspired by a tintype of a baby whose clear eyes brought to mind Sylvia Plath’s poem, Child. The poem starts, ‘Your clear eye – is the one absolutely beautiful thing.’ I brought together other small tintypes of children to create this artist book in a vintage wooden folding box. It’s small, intimate, and when held in your hands to read is quite precious.
Julie Shaw Lutts is a book artist exploring themes of history, women, geography, time, mathematics, memory and science, often using vintage items both strange and simple in her work, including maps, diaries, tintypes, photographs, handwritten letters, odd medical devices, keepsakes and relics. Most recently, Lutts published the first artist book app, called The CuRiOuS Alphabet. Her work is held in collections both public and private, including The Tate Britain, Winchester College UK, London College of Communication, Cardiff University UK, Emory University, Olin College of Engineering, Savannah College of Art & Design, The Book Art Museum Lodz, Poland. Her work is featured in 1000 Artists Books, Quarry & 500 Artist Books Volume II, Lark.