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Environmental/Health Issues Bookworks for Sale

Heather Saunders has interviewed Lise about this series of environment/health artist's books. See this entry on Heather's blog, Artist in Transit.

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Click on a linked title or on a thumbnail image to view a larger image of the work. In many cases, additional images are available — this is indicated under the descriptive text. Click on the right side of the presented image to view the next image, and the left side to return to the previous one.

Body Map
A large image (opens to 40″) of the artist‘s body is superimposed with hand-printed text about her environmental life history. Background text relates her personal experience with more general info. Giclée-printed by Nick Dubecki.
2009, North Bay. 7 pages. (81/2″ x 8 1/4″ x 1/2″) Edition of 50. $200

Breast Cancer Journal
The paintings and drawings colour-photocopied in Breast Cancer Journal were painted over a period of six years in a small sketchbook. There is very little text: the images represent real life occurances and images brought to mind during meditation.
2010, North Bay. 48 pages. (4.75 x 3.5″) Edition of 50. $75

Diffuse Axonal Injury: April 14, 2008
This cast paper brain is filled with neural connections, but some are broken, owing to a nasty run-in with a rock cut
2014, Kingston. (8″ x 6″ x 6″) Edition of 3. $500

Endangered Species
This large tunnel book is made of toxic PVC piping, to resemble a child's crib. There are pink and blue onesies representing girl and boy babies, and the hand-printed text panels on the sides speak about various toxins in a baby's environment.
2011, Kingston. 5 pages. (50 x 31 x 60″) Unique. NFS
Each mesh bag/page contains one day’s garbage; each book has a week’s worth. The text deals with the effect of garbage on our health.
2007, North Bay. 7 pages. (12 1/2″ x 10 1/4″ (diameter)) Edition of 3. $400

Gypsy Moth
Carol was accidentally aerially sprayed with a pesticide designed to kill Gypsy Moths. This Star Carrousel book describes her difficult recovery.
2007, North Bay. 5 pages. (8 3/4 x 6 3/8 x 1 1/2″) Edition of 10. $600

Happy Memories
Happy Memories uses the artist’s family photos to illustrate Dr. Heather Jamieson’s story of the relationship between growing up in a mining community and her current work studying environmental degradation caused by mining.
2009, North Bay. 10 pages. (11 1/4 x 15 x 1″) Edition of 10. $250

Home Sweet Home
Each of the 12 rooms in this quilted pop-up dollhouse-like book has toxins indicated by large red numbers. These correspond to information in pamphlets hidden in pockets on each page.
2009, North Bay. 4 spreads. (38″ x 12″ x 3″ ) Unique. NFS

Images of the houses on the artist‘s block are sewn onto handmade paper in the form of a traditional quilt patter named “Happy House.” The text deals with the artist‘s experience when her house was making her sick, and she had to move out.
2008, North Bay. 15 pages. (7″ x 7″ x 1 1/4″ ) Edition of 7. $400
Mind Over Matter
Watercolours painted in the fall of 2007 reflect the artist‘s experience when her house was making her sick: the images portray a journey from despondency to a joyful wellness, as the artist tried to visualize herself better. Giclée-printed by Nick Dubecki on watercolour paper.
2010, North Bay. 12 pages. (11.75 x 9 x 1.75″) Edition of 12. $500

More Garbage
Pages made of garbage from the artist’s life (worn-out t-shirts and socks, studio left-overs) and the street (mitts and gloves revealed by the melting snow in the spring) are sewn on tapes (straps from worn-out knapsacks, electrical cords etc.) and bound in clementine box covers carry text about the effects of garbage on our lives.
2010, North Bay. 14 pages. (12 x 8 x 3″ ) Edition of 12. $400

My (Discouragingly) White Life
In her book "Learning to be White: Money, Race and God in America, theologian Thandeka suggests that white people play what she calls The Race Game. It has only one rule: for a week, one must preface any mention of a family member, colleague, friend etc. of European descent with the term "white." From this came the idea for this flag book which lists, alphabetically, everyone within my sphere. The few people who are NOT of European descent are printed in a pale brown, everyone else is printed in white on the acetate flags.
2014, Kingston. 21 flags. (9 x 6 x 1/2″ ) Edition of 6. $200
No Safe Levels
Northern Ontario highways are lined with rock cuts, sometimes covered with graffiti. This pop-up rock cut morphs into the artist’s scarred body. Photocopied on acid-free paper.
2006, North Bay. 1 page. (9 7/8 x 6 7/8 x 1″) State II, Edition of 3. $150
Northern Tapestry #7
A four-colour drawing, cut and folded to make an accordion pop-up book. Lithograph printed on BFK Rives paper. No text.
2003-4, North Bay. 8 pages. 7 pops. (5 x 7 x .75″) Edition of 5. $200

The text in this abstract pop-up book, from poet Diane Dawber's book “Lifting the Bull: Overcoming Chronic Back Pain, Fibromyalgia and Environmental Illness”, describes four kinds of pain.
2007, North Bay. 6 pop-up spreads. (10.5 x 7.5 x 2″) Edition of 10. $750

Toxic Face Book
One of the artist’s aims in this environmental series is to recycle and reuse materials and ideas: the cover of this piece is the last remaining face cast that was leftover from Colour Me Dutiful (see the ARCHIVES page.)
2008, North Bay. 12 pages. (6 3/4 x 4 3/4 x 3″) Unique. NFS.

Toxic Kids
This paper doll book contains photocopies of lovely hand-drawn doll clothes found at a flea market, with text about toxins in the environment that adversely affect children.
2009, North Bay. 9 pages. (11″ x 8 1/2″) Edition of 50. $50

What‘s for Dinner?
Food pops off plates on this table-top sized book made of tablecloths. The text about toxins in our food is hand-printed on the napkins.
2011, Kingston. 8 spreads. (approx. 10″ x 10″ x 5″: opens to 40″ square) Edition of 7. $800
What‘s for Lunch?
A fun faux children‘s pop-up book about more (yes! more) toxins in our food. Colour photocopied from hand-painted and collaged illustrations, with a bouncy poem as text.
2011, Kingston. 5 spreads. (8″ x 7 ″ x 1/2″) Open edition. $400

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