Leonia, NJ: 2008. Artist's Book, one of 25 copies, each on marbleized paper over Bristol boards, signed and numbered by the artist / author, Lois Morrison. Page size: 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches; 14pp. Bound: accordion-style with vintage ribbons holding the book together. Three ribbons in multi-stripe - including blue which is the background color of the colophon pages - are inserted between the paper and Bristol boards. The cover is marbleized printed paper over board with title printed in blue; the text reads front to back and then in the reverse. It is printed with a Gocco printer in Garamond Italics in brown at the bottom of each page. The board of each page is cut out to frame a collage (actually 2 collages with board inserted btween them so they appear to "float") on blue paper, the collages of plastic and board colored with pigma micron pens. The drawings of the insects and garments are interpretations of a variety of photographs from multiple sources, altered to fit the spaces. The backgrounds are imaginary landscapes. The text reads, "When we see clothing / shown in natural settings, do we ever think, / or are we even aware of the myriads of insects / that share that setting? / They are living out their short lives / clicking, chewing and whirring; spinning, building or digging. / We hear the loud ones, of course / the crickets, cicadas and locusts, / but the dull, low hum that the others / produce in unison, we miss. / Still, they are invisibly there - / all the time."
Another beautiful and provocative book from Lois Morrison celebrating the natural world. Item #10147