|Title||A Ritual to Read to Each Other|
|Artist / Creator||Susan Lowdermilk|
|Press Name||lone goose press. Euguene, Oregon|
|Author of Text||“A Ritual to Read to Each Other” poem copyright © 1998 by the Estate of William Stafford. Reprinted from The Way It Is: New & Selected Poems with the permission of Greywolf Press, Saint Paul, Minnesota.|
|Structure / Binding||Tunnel Book with three panel wrap around cover.|
|Medium / Materials||Text set in Gill Sans Condensed. Woodcut image printed on Zerkall Niddegen paper.|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||12 x 15 x .5 inches|
|Edition Size||Edition of 25|
This book was created in reaction against the US/Iraq and Afghanistan war. The two-dimensional woodcut image that makes up the tunnel structure was originally titled, “Peace Inside the Noise” and was meant to stand on it own. As a tunnel book, I feel the piece visually and conceptually supports Stafford’s message in his poem, “A Ritual to Read to Each Other”—A plea for reliance on community and cooperation for peace and harmony. A Ritual to Read to Each Other by William Stafford If you don’t know the kind of person I am and I don’t know the kind of person you are a pattern that others made may prevail in the world and following the wrong god home we may miss our star. For there is many a small betrayal in the mind, a shrug that lets the fragile sequence break sending with shouts the horrible errors of childhood storming out to play through the broken dyke. And as elephants parade holding each elephant’s tail, but if one wanders the circus won’t find the park, I call it cruel and maybe the root of all cruelty to know what occurs but not recognize the fact. And so I appeal to a voice, to something shadowy, a remote important region in all who talk: though we could fool each other, we should consider– lest the parade of our mutual life get lost in the dark. For it is important that awake people be awake, or a breaking line may discourage them back to sleep; the signals we give—yes or no, or maybe— should be clear: the darkness around us is deep.
Artist BioAs a printmaker and book artist, I primarily work in relief media such as woodcut and wood engraving. I teach art and applied design courses at Lane Community College in Eugene Oregon. My work appears in many public collections including the Getty Museum, the Library of Congress and the New York Public Library and is represented in galleries throughout the United States. I explore mark and impression as visual and conceptual ideas through my work in print media and artist’s books. I strive to express the tenuous qualities of the human experience and human interaction through my representation of objects and mark as visual metaphors. I invite the viewer to overlay their own personal metaphors and narratives as they experience my work.