|Artist / Creator||Julie Shaw Lutts|
|Place of Publication||Salem, MA|
|Medium / Materials||Vintage letterpress printer's tray contains brass letterpress spacers used as “pages” with original tintypes and tiny German doll arms or personal mementos attached. Several steel balls also sit in slots of tray.|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||15 x 7.5 x 5 inches|
|Signed & Numbered||Signed by the artist on the bottom of the printer's tray.|
This artist book, was inspired by the very small tintypes I’ve collected at flea markets. They are less then an inch square but the emotion and personality of the individual is caught in the image. The piece is created using brass “pages” which have the original tintypes as well as tiny German doll arms or personal mementos attached. The pages can be moved around to create various “family dynamics”.
Artist BioJulie Shaw Lutts, a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, is a collage, assemblage, and book artist who lives and works on the east coast. The artist scavenges flea markets, yard sales and gathers items on her travels to inspire her work. Old photographs, tintypes, handwritten letters, odd medical devices, vintage diaries, found objects, curious personal ephemera, and all kinds of mixed media are used to create her artist books, collages and constructions. Julie has a deep respect for the stories to be found in history, and uses the antique objects she finds as touchstones to imagine fresh narratives throughout her work. Combining these historical mementos with her own photographs and images creates the foundation of her work, into which she then blends influences from contemporary culture. Julie’s artist books, collages and assemblages are all one-of-a-kind works.. She has been called a “visual anthropologist”, as so much of her work explores layers of memory, identity, and personal histories through thoughtful visual narratives.