object n., object v. was created to link present day gender inequality to our ancient past. Male control over women’s bodies and women’s sexuality continues around the world, as does the hierarchy of objective beauty. While the ancient Greeks were oppressing and objectifying women, an egalitarian society roamed north of the Black Sea. Legendary warrior women known as Amazons rode horses, practiced archery, fought to defend and conquer, and had sexual freedom.
In this artist book I have juxtaposed two parallel worlds through objects and imagery. All the text is derived from two books that paint the picture and tell the story. Helen of Troy: Beauty, Myth, Devastation by Ruby Blondell and The Amazons: Lives & Legends of Warrior Women Across the Ancient World by Adrienne Mayor.
When I read that self-reliant warrior women existed in the ancient world I was inspired and I wanted to share that knowledge to rekindle a collective vision of equality.
|Title||object n. object v.|
|Press Name/Publisher||Scantron Press|
|Place of Publication||Portland, Oregon|
|Additional Contributors||Mark Burdon made the cylindrical wooden box. Courtney Frisse photographed artist book|
|Printing/ Reproduction Process||Letterpress text and image from handset type and polymer plates. Pressure printing|
|Book Structure/ Binding Method||Wooden cylindrical box as sculptural book with horizontal and vertical shelves|
|Medium/ Materials||Glass, chicken egg shells, plaster, tangerine skin, gold leaf, acrylic balls, antique glass/aluminum slide mounts, India ink on vellum, oil paint, water color, human hair, wood, leather, aluminum combs, ceramic, military dog tags, and molded handmade cotton paper|
|Paper Stock||Johannot, mulberry, Hahnemuhle papers|
|Number of Pages||12 pages|
|Dimensions (WxH) or (WxHxD)||12 x 13 x 12 inches closed.|
|Edition Size||Edition of 4|
|Signed and Numbered?||Signed and numbered edition|