Muscle Cars, Rat Rods and American Girls by Lynn Skordal

The original version of Muscle Cars, Rat Rods and American Girls was a one-of-a-kind altered book. That book was created from a vintage 1968 Chrysler Motors car sales brochure, collaged with reproduced images of pin-up girls from 1940-50's girlie magazines such as Beauty Parade, Wink, Eyeful, Titter and Flirt. The text is a series of 32 existential questions (some whimsical, all serious) posed by the artist and her cheesecake ladies: "Are you defined by the things you want, or the things you need?" These copies are part of a commercially-printed unnumbered limited edition of 30, each housed in a yellow vellum envelope. Tucked into each limited edition copy is a vintage automobile postcard collaged by the artist in her "Rat Rods" cheesecake style. Each postcard is unique and is signed and dated by the artist.

Artist Bio

Lynn lives and works on an island in the middle of a lake surrounded by a big city, in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. After retiring from the practice of law eight years ago, she began making artist's books and small works on paper. Old-style cut & paste collage has been and remains a favorite medium, and she frequently also incorporates sewing techniques, thread, fabric, metal, wood and other materials into her pieces. The goal is always to tell a story that might startle, amuse or provoke. Lynn's work has appeared in book arts and collage exhibitions across the country.