The found piece of metal used for the cover of this book set the trajectory of the piece…
The rich pastel of a velvety moonlit night, punctuated by silver crescendos of song…
The cratered moon, [providing earthly refuge for lovers…
The horrific reality of human trafficking in our backyards, hiding in the dark.
Will glow in the dark.
Mixed Media; 8.5”H x 19.5”W x 1.25”D
How is it possible that the wealthiest, most powerful nation on earth allowed the water system for an entire city to be poisoned? Like this……
This piece was inspired by a photograph in the archives of the Lloyd Library and Museum, taken by Curtis Gates Lloyd.
Mixed Media; 49”H x 108”W x 20”D
This nest, which has a condom wrapper woven into it, inspired a brief exploration of our right to build the life each of us wants for ourselves.
This artist book, bound onto a found piece of a pier, explores all the futures that my grandmother, and immigrants from the world over, could have chosen. Text on the layers of ship sails carry the destinations of her extended family, blood and landsmen alike: England, Rhodesia, Shanghai, Buenos Ares, Mexico City…and on…and on And on the top layers, the preamble to the Constitution of the USA – the ideals that called my grandmother to Ellis Island.
Ida martin, first known resident of what is now known as the Mount Adams neighborhood of Cincinnati, lived in the hollow of a sycamore and earned her living tending to the laundry - and more? – of the soldiers at Fort Washington, located in present-day downtown. Tree bark, handmade paper with natural inclusions, water color paper, water color, fabric, verse text, blanket stitch binding. Exhibited in Cincinnati City Hall
#6 in the series ‘Bill of Rights + “, 13 artist books exploring the first 13 amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The entire series was exhibited in the Artists as Activists Invitational Show at the Herndon Gallery, Antioch, Ohio, 2015-16.
This piece is part of my ‘Home” series, in which I discuss the meaning of home with different people and create artist books based on those discussions.'Home - Michael’ explains the feelings of a friend who was, unbeknownst to me, homeless. Tar Paper pages hinged with Tyvek. ‘Home - Michael’ was purchased by the Cincinnati Public Library for there Permanent Artist Book Collection.