|Title||Mememtos of things still present but may soon become past|
|Artist / Creator||Elsi Vassdal Ellis|
|Press Name||EVE Press|
|Place of Publication||Bellingham, WA|
|Process / Technique||Inkjet|
|Image Process||Scanned 19th century engravings|
|Structure / Binding||Four panel books enclosed in clamshell box.|
|Medium / Materials||Book cloth, charms, bead, shark teeth, velvet, board.|
|Number of Pages||40 pages total (10 per panel book)|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||Box, closed: 7.625 x 7.875 x 3.1875 inches; books, closed: 3.5625 x 3.5625 x 2.6 inches (each panel book)|
|Edition Size||Edition of 10|
|Signed & Numbered||Yes|
A range of emotions ran through me while reading a National Geographic article about European songbird migration. The cut-line of the article asked: “How can we stop the slaughter of songbirds migrating across the Mediterranean?” Beyond the plight of songbirds is the bigger question: How can we stop the slaughter of animals facing the real possibility of extinction because of human beliefs and/or desires? Strange as it may seem, Proust’s title Remembrance of Things Past popped into my head and I thought of the sentimental trinkets and charms collected to remember specific moments. It may be sooner than later that mementos, such as those contained within each box of this edition, will be all that remains (except perhaps bones and trophies on walls) of elephants, rhinoceroses, sharks, and songbirds. This is the first volume of a memento box series exploring the dynamics of human and animal intersections and interactions.
Artist BioElsi Vassdal Ellis creates books in a well equipped studio outside Bellingham on 20 acres of what was once part of the Buckholtz Homestead. Born in Fallon, Nevada, she spent her formative years in Iowa City, Iowa, before settling down in the Pacific Northwest. Since 1983 she has produced over 95 editions and 120 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. Western Washington University has been her professional home since 1977 where she holds the rank of full professor, is currently serving as chair of the Department of Design, and teaches courses in design production and (occassionally) book arts.