|Title||Memo (how to speak without words)|
|Subtitle||(how to speak without words)|
|Artist / Creator||Lisa Onstad|
|Press Name||Bobolink Press|
|Artist's Nationality||United States|
|Place of Publication||Portland, OR|
|Process / Technique||Letterpress printed wood type, typewritten text, hand-painted imagery|
|Structure / Binding||Book One is a found three-ring "memo" binder. The Appendix is a leporello. Both presented in a clamshell box|
|Medium / Materials||Acrylic paint, collage on found binder pages, clamshell box|
|Paper Stock||Rives BFK, Gampi-shi, vintage papers|
|Number of Pages||Memo: 12 pages, Appendix: 11 pages|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||Box: 9 x 7 x 1.25 inches. Memo (binder): 4 x 6.25 x .375 inches. Appendix (leporello): 3.75 x 6 x 0.25 inches, opens out to 22 inches.|
|Signed & Numbered||Yes|
Over 5 million people suffer from Alzheimer's disease in the United States. The difficulty of communicating with those suffering from dementia can be a frustrating and painful experience. Memo (how to speak without words) shares a daughter's observations of her mother's gradual loss of language and memory through poetic text and hand-painted imagery. An accompanying appendix offers instructions on non-verbal communication and includes a touching example of making a connection through physical contact and reminiscence.
Artist BioLisa Onstad's artist books are often inspired by chance pairings of found materials, text and images. She adds layers of hand-painted elements, collage and letterpress to her books to create a narrative that can be read in multiple ways. This allows the reader to make her story their own. Lisa received a BA in Fine Art from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon in 1986, and a certificate in Book Arts from the College of Art and Craft in Portland, Oregon in 2001. Her artist's books can be found in private and public collections in the U.S. and abroad, including the Yale University Special Collections, University of Washington, Seattle and the Atelier Vis-¡-Vis, Marseille, France. Her artist's book, Aggregate Memory, a collaboration with Macy Chadwick, was included in 500 Handmade Books, Lark Press, 2008 and Book, Art Object, Oak Knoll Press, 2008.