Virginia Green – The Depth of Wisdom, A Vestigial Tale


© 2018
edition of 10
dimensions in inches: 6.25 x 5.25 x .75

about this piece

About this piece:
The concept for this artist book was hidden in a jewelry box for over 30 years. In a small, manila envelope were four, perfectly formed and extracted wisdom teeth. The inspiration to use them for an artist book was to give them life, again, and to tell an unexpected story. This story evolved into The Depth of Wisdom, A Vestigial Tale, a book that combines the juxtaposition of the myths of wisdom teeth and a mystical creature deep in the sea, the kraken. This accordion book extends 70-inches and was printed using Cloister Lightface typeface on a Vandercook Universal I.

NOTE: a deluxe version of this book, housed in a custom box will include a 3-D printed copy of the wisdom teeth that inspired this project, is also available. Please inquire.


paper, ink

About the artist:

Virginia Green is a professor at Baylor University and the creative director for VGreen Design, a freelance design studio and BlackHare Studio, a letterpress and fine art studio. Her creative passions include typography and letterpress printing, a medium that allows for custom design, artist books, and fine art prints.

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Virginia Green – The Depth of Wisdom, A Vestigial Tale