Book Power Redux, 23 Sandy Gallery, 2014
Over 5 million people suffer from Alzheimer’s disease in the United States. The difficulty of communicating with those suffering from dementia can be a frustrating and painful experience. Memo describes a daughter’s observations of her mother’s gradual loss of language and memory with poetic text and hand-painted imagery. An accompanying appendix (how to speak without words) offers instructions on non-verbal communication and includes a touching example of making a connection through physical contact and reminiscence.
The two books – one a vintage memo binder and the other a Leporello binding are housed in a clamshell box. In Memo, – all imagery is hand-painted with acrylic paint and collaged on Rives BFK paper with typewritten text, 4 x 6 inches. How to Speak without Words is letterpress printed and typewritten on vintage and Gampi Shi paper, accordion, 4 x 6 inches closed. 22 x 6 inches opened.