Michelle Moode – Fielding Questions


© 2018
edition of 20
dimensions in inches: 7.5 x 4.5 x .75

About this piece:

“It is but a matter of seeing a bird often enough and knowing exactly what to look for, to be able to distinguish, with a very few exceptions, even the most confusing forms.” —Roger Tory Peterson, A Field Guide to the Birds

Fielding Questions is a letterpress-printed artist’s book that uses conventions of field guides to explore and present a personal taxonomy of symbols, mark-making, and record keeping. It is an entirely subjective guidebook hidden within a pseudo-objective reference book. Fielding Questions uses the non-linear structure of reference books as a means of communicating content in an artist’s book. By utilizing paratextual wayfinding elements such as an index and table of contents, the reader is presented with layers of content and a multiplicity of experiences.


paper, ink, thread, cloth

About the artist:

Michelle C. Moode is a book and installation artist currently living in Kentucky, where she and her partner are working on a little house and a big garden.

She has exhibited her work nationally, and has taught a variety of Bookbinding, Printmaking, and Drawing classes, both in university and workshop settings.

Michelle grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles in the 1980s, influenced from an early age by fruit trees, rose gardens, science, science fiction and arcades.

Her work is informed by an interest in curation and collection, as well as a passion for growing things and wandering in the woods.

She looks slowly and breathes deeply in libraries, antique stores, and natural history museums.


Michelle Moode – Fielding Questions