Our Family is a unique artist’s book created from a disintegrating Victorian photo album. The original celluloid covers remain intact but bindings, endpapers and photo display pages have been repaired, replaced or altered original endpapers and backs of each photo page have been replaced with patterned Lokta paper, original damaged photo display pages have been re-built and covered with inkjet images of various old decorative album pages. The album contains 12 collaged antique cabinet cards. (Cabinet cards, generally 4×6 inches, were wildly popular in America during 1870-1900, typically with sepia photographs of unsmiling Victorians posed in their formal finery.) Herein are some of the artist’s stranger relatives, including, little Fannie with her orange squid tentacles, Uncle Leo whose beard is inhabited by a cloud of butterflies, two unusual librarians, Sister Fish, and others. As Edward Furlong observed: “I don’t think anyone has a normal family…”
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|Place of Publication||Mercer Island, Washington|
|Book Structure/ Binding Method||Altered Victorian photo album|
|Medium/ Materials||Antique photo album, inkjet images, scrap paper, Nepalese Lokta paper, old cabinet cards|
|Number of Pages||13 pages|
|Dimensions (WxH) or (WxHxD)||8.5 x 10.25 x 2.75 inches closed|
|Signed and Numbered?||Signed by the artist|