ABOUT YOU'RE A NASTY LOVER (1993)
Edition of 12. 10 x 9.5 inches. Bound in dark grey stained wood with linen spine and raffia with skull head. Inlaid etching on cover. Arches paper, silk gampi tissue interleaved. Letterpress poem You're a Nasty Lover, by D.C. Wilde. Text handset in Wedding Text. Six intaglio prints throughout the book in black ink and chine colle. 28 pages
The book is a gateway, a means of entering a world that is both personal and archetypal, both graphic and symbolic. There is a visceral relationship which the viewer has with books, a physical engagement that is seldom found in any other artistic medium. I use typography, mixed media and printmaking as a means of embodying and carrying the message of my books. Like intaglio, letterpress typography is pressed into the paper. Once the book is "bound" there is a simultaneous orchestration that takes place, the composition of concept is not only in the rhythm of turning the page but in the voice between the images. These images evoke the darker and yet most sacred aspects of the soul. The invitation to enter one of these books is an invitation to engage with the archetypes of Eros and Thanatos; violent dissolution and spiritual renewal are embodied within these 3-dimensional artifacts of the human experience.
for more information on this book see review by Wendy Christiansen