Alphabet Ancestors was accepted to be one of 1,000 images of bookish goodness in Quayside Publishing’s new 1,000 Artists’ Books, published this summer. I speculated that my book art was chosen because of the unusual wrapper closure (a rock with two holes acting as a button), but instead, one of my favorite interior page spreads is shown, along with another peek inside. I like very much that my photo travels off the page. It conveys how this book continually unfolds until the entire interior can be seen.
My book is actually a set of three small books illustrated with early symbols and proto-lettering from Old Europe, images of natural phenomena such as moon or lightning, and a printed essay in a fourth book. I’m pleased to be included with such a varied and exciting group of artists, especially with pages meant to evoke a time before books and writing, when marks were made on cave walls with charcoal-blackened sticks.
Some have not liked the choice to put the pertinent information about each book in a separate section at the back. I believe it may have left more room for the pictures, and for a reader like me, it is kind of a relief to have only the images, with the artist’s name, in chapters according to binding style. I have a bad habit in museums and gallery books of reading the description before looking at the work, a habit of my literature background, so a book like this stimulates my visual sense. Above is a view of the table of contents. There are technically 1,000 images in the book (I have two numbers assigned to the two photos of my contribution). 1,000 Artists’ Books is a rich trove of inspiration and bookmaking virtuosity.