Karen Carcia – 52 Hertz – SPECIAL ORDER ITEM


1 x 17 x 6
© 2014
edition of 15 v.e

Available by special order. Please contact gallery to confirm availability.


paper, ink, watercolor, wax, silk thread, cloth, boards

52 Hertz explores ideas about silence via the true story of a whale traveling alone. Calling out at a frequency much higher than other whales, his calls go unheard, unanswered. The book is a gatefold pamphlet that makes use of suminagshi; watercolor; hand-waxed paper; letterpress printed woodcuts, linoleum cuts, photopolymer plates, and hand-set metal type to create the vast space of the ocean. The book is constructed of variable page sizes and transparencies so that images recede and reappear as a reader makes his or her way through the layers of silence. The book features an original poem written by the artist. The book is housed in a completely collapsible portfolio box.

Karen Carcia is a letterpress printer and writer. She is the author of On Subjects of Which We Know Nothing (New Michigan Press, 2011). Her poetry has been published in: Conduit, Diagram, Prompt Press, Anomalous, and Forklift, Ohio. She teaches at the University of Iowa Center for the Book and exhibits her work throughout the United States.

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Karen Carcia – 52 Hertz – SPECIAL ORDER ITEM

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