[New York: 2011]. Artist's book, one of 15 copies only, all on Somerset black paper, each signed and numbered by author / artist, Sarah Plimpton. Page size: 11-3/4 x 15-5/8 inches; 9pp. including titlepage and colophon. Bound: loose as issued in tan cloth over card stock envelope printed with author and title in black on front panel. The nine pages, which are all original woodcuts, as well as the text printed letterpress in Caslon, were accomplished by Sarah Plimpton with the assistance of Brad Ewing at The Grenfell Press.
This is a "jigsaw" book; i.e. there are nine "jigsaw" woodcuts printed in white on black paper. The carved block is cut by a jigsaw and then reassembled on the letterpress bed and printed with white ink on black paper. The lines seen are the result of the cuts made by the jigsaw. The text reads, "Storms / open each door / now / to see / walking through / the wind / will slam / them shut / behind." Using this challenging method of woodcut printmaking, she has succeeded in creating the concept of incremental change with images to match her words. Her images are swirls - whirl pools and circles looping back on themselves, lines denoting negative space, paired with stops, the text in between these swirls. Ms. Plimpton has made common occurrences in the natural world a parable for human emotions with this book, which is at once deeply personal yet detailing a universal experience. Item #10539