about this piece
A “primer” that details my heart surgery in 2002, images reveal my chest going from healthy and hairy to shaved and injured, held together with staples and strips, through an angiogram and x-ray, sternum and lungs, into the heart and beyond. The book is bound on the left and right sides and pages generally open in the middle through a series of increasingly complex methods. Such as a “fringe” made to the approximate scale and shape of the staples or undoing a metal twist tie on the image of the sternum in order to proceed to the next page.
Handmade, paperback with stiff board, inkjet prints on enhanced matte paper with waxed linen thread, craft wire, staples, and PVA.
Michael Peven was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and attended the University of Illinois, Chicago for a BA in Design and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for an MFA in Photography/Artists Books. He has been active as a photographer, bookmaker and installation artist since the 1970s. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in more than 40 one person exhibits and over 100 group shows and is in numerous public collections and archives. Peven has received awards and fellowships from the Arkansas Arts Council, Mid-America Arts Alliance/NEA, JW Fulbright College and the University of Arkansas Teaching Academy.