Hello Hedi, 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland Oregon, 2015
My latest artist’s book, Send A Rescue Ship, was inspired by a vintage glossary of weather and climate, the chance reading of a line from a Samuel Beckett novel, and a deceptively simple Hedi Kyle binding. Using weather as a metaphor for telling a story about depression, hand-painted pages of stormy seas depict the depths of human emotion. Simple, yet direct poetry expresses a person’s will to carry on, despite running into the black edge of despair. The folded spine of Kyle’s Crown binding allows the pages to be reversed, creating a book with two narratives—one telling the story of the sufferer and the other, that of the rescuer.
Crown binding housed in a clamshell box. Letterpress printed and typewritten text. Hand-painted pages with acrylic paint and collage. Hahnemuhle Bugra and Ingres papers. 4 folios or 16 pages. 6 x 9 x .5 inches. 2015. Variable edition of 4.