Here is the church. Here is the Steeple. Here are questions for the people. by Elsi Vassdal Ellis

The intersection of religion and politics fascinates as well as frightens me. These extremes have driven me to collect stories, commentaries, rants, raves and responses concerning religion in private and public spheres, the meddling and perceived meddling of religion and government in each other's domains and the lack of respect for boundaries or rights. Church structures, whether simple or complex, traditional, or just functional environments, define a physical space dedicated to worship and separate the worshipper momentarily from the secular environment. Churches are also more than buildings. They are constructed communities with shared beliefs and opinions. Those shared beliefs and opinions are "wallpapered" onto the interior walls of this church. The "verse" is as dense as the Bible. The narrative was designed to not only include as much information as possible but to also require the reader to devote focused time to reading and interpreting the text from their perspective.

Artist Bio

Elsi Vassdal Ellis has been teaching design production and book arts at Western Washington University since 1977. She established EVE Press in 1983 with her first offset edition; letterpress in 1990; and digital in 1996. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is housed in many public and private collections. Since 1983 she has produced over 133 editions and 127 unique books employing a variety of reproduction techniques and materials. 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.