|Title||A Book of Bones|
|Artist / Creator||Servane Briand|
|Place of Publication||Palo Alto, CA|
|Process / Technique||Archival Epson inkjet|
|Number of Images||20|
|Image Process||Photography, drawing, digital illustration|
|Structure / Binding||Coptic binding|
|Medium / Materials||Book and box covered with lotka paper. Museum board. Linen thread. Grosgrain ribbon. Neodymium magnets|
|Paper Stock||Canson Infinity Edition Etching Rag|
|Number of Pages||36|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||4.5 x 4.625 x 4.5 inches (boxed)|
|Edition Size||Variable edition of 3|
|Signed & Numbered||Yes|
A Book of Bones was born at the Galerie de Paleontologie in Paris, France. I wanted to pay tribute to the scientific process; one that takes patience, resilience, hard work but also intuition and creativity; great scientists, like great artists, imagine the impossible. They make the leap. I spent countless hours studying our current knowledge and folklore of bones, researching material, following leads, discovering the most recent understanding of bone development as well as arcane matters that relate to bone preservation, ethnic or religious rituals. It was a fascinating process, at times overwhelming. The current book can be approached from various perspectives, as a reliquary, an archeological dig, a poem on bones, a celebration of carpe diem, but also and maybe more importantly, a way to honor generations of paleontologists who relentlessly and carefully examine and reconstruct our past in order to understand our present and imagine our future.
Artist BioA French native, Servane Briand first came to California in 1985 before completing her business degree in New York. Since then, she has lived in San Francisco, Paris, and Palo Alto. She has worked in various fields and made a radical move from high tech to arts and crafts when she discovered printmaking and book arts. Her books may be an attempt to gentle the information overload and make a pause in time, while she welcomes the wealth of data and ideas that are today's constant source of inspiration.