|Title||Backyard Food Chain II|
|Artist / Creator||Elizabeth Sanford|
|Artist's Nationality||United States|
|Place of Publication||Nashville, Tennessee|
|Structure / Binding||Hybrid flag/tunnel book|
|Medium / Materials||Watercolor, acrylic and ink|
|Paper Stock||Arches and Fabriano watercolor paper|
|Number of Pages||4 pages, 8 flags|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||10.25 x 10 x 1 inches.|
|Edition Size||Variable edition of 3|
For this hybrid flag/tunnel book, I chose to revisit the mostly unseen battles for survival that continually enfold in the woods behind my house; the act of turning the pages changes the story by altering the main character. The first page features a spicebush swallowtail caterpillar feasting on sassafras; it strikes a defensive pose by rearing up to prominently display its eyespots. On the next page, a nuthatch creeps down a branch while looking for a protein-rich meal to feed its young. Page 3 introduces a zebra swallowtail caterpillar munching on pawpaw leaves; since this diet makes it unappetizing to birds, the tufted titmouse on the final page is likely to look elsewhere for a meal. The backs of the bottom flags contain a linked chain of words; each word in the chain may be coupled with the one before and after to form common expressions, such as "back story" or "story book". Each letter of each word is encased in a green circle, echoing the eggs of these butterflies.
Artist BioElizabeth Sanford is a watercolor painter who was seduced by the book arts and now creates watercolor sculptures. She has been teaching art for more than twenty years and is an adjunct instructor at Watkins College of Art, Design and Film in Nashville. Her work is in many collections including the Evansville Museum of Arts and Science, the Tennessee State Museum, John Hopkins University and Savannah College of Art and Design. Sanford holds an MFA in painting and drawing from East Carolina University and a BA in art from the University of Virginia.