About this piece:
Starting with the text of the poem, a collection of buttons, and a large stash of fabric, I experimented first with books that unfolded and unbuttoned, but quickly realized that making the pages look like clothing made so much more sense. In the past when I have worked with fabric books, I have rubber-stamped or hand-printed the text, but not screen-printed. However, last summer, I was introduced to printing with screens made on a Thermofax machine, and was excited to realize that it could be used for printing words.
Although I am perfectly capable of sewing a collared shirt, I decided it would be masochistic to make ten of them, so scoured seven second-hand stores in two cities to find enough little boys’ dress shirts and skinny ties for the edition. I guess little boys don’t wear dress shirts much anymore. (Okay, I will admit that making fifty bound buttonholes is also proving to be masochistic. Does suffering for one’s art make it more important?)
About the artist:
Lives and works in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Lise Melhorn-Boe was born in Noranda, Quebec, and lives in Kingston, Ontario. She studied printmaking at the University of Guelph (B.F.A.) and fibres at Wayne State University in Detroit (M.A. and M.F.A.) Melhorn-Boe has exhibited widely across Canada and the United States, as well as in Europe and South America. Her work is in several public collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Canada Council Art Bank, National Gallery of Canada, the Tate London, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Melhorn-Boe’s books are also in the collections in many university libraries.