Displaced on the Fault Lines by Elsi Vassdal Ellis

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Displaced on the Fault Lines is the beginning of a series exploring questions of identity related to physical and metaphysical place and displacement, mythology, dehumanization, war and/or genocide. This textually dense book is the first of two volumes. The first volume begins with the internal displacement of my mother and her family in Norway and their experiences during World War II. That then connects to the Holocaust through Nazi concentration camps (her cousin spent three years in Dachau). Questions raised in the Jewish chapter explore collective as well as individual identities. From the Holocaust, the narrative moves to the plight of ethnic Germans at the end of the Second World War, their expulsion from Central and Eastern European communities due to the post-war redefining of borders as well as "pay-back." It moves forward to Cambodia, Bosnia and Rwanda with connections to the issues of identity, mythology and genocide.

Artist Bio

Elsi Vassdal Ellis creates books in Paradise: a well equipped studio in the Pacific Northwest. Since 1983 she has produced 117 editions (offset, letterpress, digital, stenciled, punched and cloth) as EVE Press as well 115 one-of-a-kinds. She exhibits nationally and internationally. Her work is permanently housed in many public collections including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, New York City Public Library, Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Grabhorn Collection in the San Francisco Public Library, and Arts of the Book Collection in the Yale University Library. Western Washington University has been her professional home since 1977 where she holds the rank of full professor. She teaches digital pre-press, offset and letterpress printing, graphic design history, and book arts. She has also taught Honors seminar courses combining book history topics with the making of historical models.