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A Book for Sally
The text of A Book for Sally is a poem by Emily Dickinson entitiled Hope is the Thing with Feathers:

Hope is the Thing with Feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words
And Never stops at all.

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I've heard it in the chillest land
And on the strangest sea
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.
1979, Toronto, ON. 6 pages. (6 x 8 x 1/4″) Unique. Made for Sally Homer, Copper Cliff, Ontario.

This book was created using Barbara Tetenbaum and Julie Chen's Artist's Book Ideation Cards. Using these cards is a great way to step outside the box. Instructed to use found text, I chose the title from a billboard and text from magazines. But one of the adjective cards said: Scientific or research-based, so I also consulted the library and have incorporated quotes from three books about happiness: Happy at Last, by Richard O'Connor, How We Choose to Be Happy, by Rick Foster and Greg Hines, and 14,000 things to be happy about, by Barbara Ann Kipfer. The elaborate accordion pop-up book has five spreads.>">
2018, Kingston, ON. 12 pages. (5 3/4 x 4 x 1″) Edition of 10. $300

Diffuse Axonal Injury
My son had a catastrophic brain injury suffering diffuse axonal injury. This book is my attempt to portray his injury visually. Paper pulp was cast in a mould for making jello for a Hallowe'en party (top) and a plaster mould made from a clay original which I sculpted myself (bottom.) I used the acetate circles to keep the threads from ripping through the paper, but realized, to my delight, that they resemble the electrodes that were attached to his head for his many EEGs.
2014, Kingston, ON. No pages. (6 x 8 x 6 1/2″) Edition of 3. $500
Look, Don’t Touch
Comissioned by the University of Washinton Special Collections Library, for an exhibition entitled Just One Look, this is a 13-page pop-up book based on the Aithiopika, an ancient Greek novel by Heliodorus. Using the pop-up technique made famous by Vojtech Kubasta, each page is like a theatrical scene. This scene shows Chariklea binding the wounds of Theagenes on a beach in Egypt, after the pirates who invaded their ship have been killed by Egyptian bandits.
2016, Kingston. (8.5 x 10 3/4″ when closed ) Edition of 10. $700

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″ when closed ) Edition of 6. Collections of New York Public Library, Cleveland Institue of Art, University of Puget Sound, University of Rochester, University of Washington, Baylor University.
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
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