Sleeping Bear

The bear in my artist book awakens in spring from a long winter’s nap. While the bear is slumbering away the land outside the hibernating cave is changed forever. The forest the bear remembers is taken over by a newcomer and then the bear releases all of its rage.

Year:

1992

Edition:

7

Size:

15 x 17

Page Size:

16 5/8 x 13 7/8

Binding:

Accordion

Box:

Clam Shell

Type:

letterpress

Number of Pages:

28

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$1,500

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Game Theory A guide

Game Theory a guide, is an artist book based on the game Rock, Paper, scissors. I use this game as a metaphor for the simple but complicated logic of the games children and adults play. I asked friends and neighbors about this game in their home countries. Many times they remembered striking details of the game from their childhood. Often, they had some variation on the game, but with the same rules, like elephant, human, ant from India or general, gun, surrender from Burma. During the cold war era The RAND corporation financed by the U.S. government set up a think tank for devising mathematical calculations for trying to decide the outcome of a nuclear war with the Soviet Union. The beginning for this theory was called “Game Theory”, devised by John, Von Neumann. Today the threat of nuclear proliferation persists among neighboring countries. Something they all share from history is their own version of rock paper scissors. This book is a meditation on the logic of the games we play at every level. This can be the kid who uses rock, paper, scissors to decide who will go first. Game Theory ends with thoughtful provoking questions for the logic nations decide for peace or war with their neighbors.

Year:

2008

Edition:

35

Page Size:

6 ¼ X 6 1/8

Paper:

Coventry

Number of Pages:

85

Medium:

Artist Book Etching, white ground, dry point, soft ground, mezzotint and letterpess

Binding:

Accordion-fold hinged with Japanese paper

Box:

Hand made paper by Dieu Donne Etching and dry point for case box. 6 ½ x 6 7/8 depth 3 7/8 inches

Jacket:

Etching and dry point. Hand made paper by Dieu Donne

Type:

Letterpress Times New Roman

Collections:

Yale University, Duke University

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$1,200

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The Color of Regret

Mankind is now at the helm of deciding what the future will be with the food we eat. The animals eating junk food represent the global problems created by genetic engineering and monoculture farming. The wild animals in this book are smart enough not to consume our creations. Once set in motion there will be no way to revert the changes corporations are making to our food chain. The animals leave the colorful junk food for the natural world leaving behind the question only the future will tell, what will be the color of regret?

Year:

2003

Edition:

35, 1 working proof

Page Size:

6x6

Number of Pages:

56

Paper:

Coventry

Medium:

Etching, watercolor painted

Binding:

Accordion-fold hinged with Japanese Paper

Box:

6 ½ x 6 ¾ depth 1 ½ inches Hand made paper Dieu Donne Etching, dry point and hand painted for case box.

Jacket:

Hand made paper by Dieu Donne and dry point etching

Type:

Times New Roman Solar plate etching

Collections:

: Yale University, Duke University, The New School

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$900

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The Pest

“The ‘pest’ - in this case the common housefly - creates a long completely- connected flight path across every page of the book. The flight path begins complex and as the fly begins to age and slow down the path simplifies. As the book unfolds the viewer experiences three things: the sense of movement created by the buzzing of the fly, the center of the page which separates the linocuts, and a feeling of utter resignation created between the pest and its victim.” The victim, a man in glasses, is seen sometimes in profile, sometimes head on. He is never happy. The pest, on the other hand, is shown in various shapes and sizes as it soars across the pages, flying into and around the man’s head. A story in the manner of Lynn Ward and his wordless 1929 novel, GOD’S MAN. The action takes place in the dizzying sequence of original prints that lead the reader / viewer on an ambitious flight ending in a point of no return .

Year:

1998

Edition:

10

Page Size:

6½ x 71/8

Paper:

Rives BFK

Number of Pages:

281

Published:

At the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop By the artist Tammy Wofsey

Binding:

Accordion-fold hinged with Japanese Paper

Box:

8 x 8 x 8 inches. Clam Shell linoleum green silk cloth, black cloth letterpress title Page (The Pest)

Type:

11 pages of text printed letterpress starting with five pages at the front, including the title page, THE PEST, set in 10pt. Times New Roman, with the succeeding pages repeating the title, THE PEST, in ever-increasing point size. The reverse sizing occurs in the last five pages of the book. Printed by the artist.

Collections:

Museum School of Fine Arts Boston.

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$5,000

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