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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.

Uneven Earth:
A lively interview about my environmental artist's books series, by Cassandra Kuyhenhoven, a Ph.D. student at Queen's University in Kingston.

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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

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
Garbage
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

Homeless
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






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
PAIN
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 Kids
This paper doll book contains photocopies of lovely hand-drawn doll clothes found at a Detroit flea market, by Marianne Hall, 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 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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