This Fall I had work in “EcoEditions: An International Exhibition of Contemporary Artist Books” at the 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, Oregon. I am happy to announce that I was awarded the Library Purchase Prize for my book Submerged. My piece will be purchased by the gallery and donated to the Artists’ Book Collection at the University of Oregon Architecture and Allied Arts Library.
In 1957 the Columbia river was dammed at Celilo Falls, inundating ten thousand years of native culture and a thriving river ecosystem. Submerged depicts this event with poignant text and hand-painted imagery by the artist.
The physical structure of the book captures both the flow and stasis of Celilo Falls: the opening movement of the book mirrors cascading water and the static pages reference a dam wall. In combination, these elements illustrate the complex social and ecological impact dams have on individuals, communities and the environment.
Submerged is housed in a hand-made clamshell box which includes a time-line documenting the building of The Dalles Dam and flooding of Celilo Village.
I just finished an edition of a new artist’s book that I like a lot. It’s been a long while since I’ve worked in multiples. I usually create one-of a-kind pieces, but for Submerged, I decided to push myself and make more than one copy. Three to be exact – a very small, hand-painted, variable edition. There is something so beautiful and satisfying in creating multiples of something. A clean stack of cut boards, three folded spines, identical clamshell boxes and fifty-four hand-painted pages.