|Title||My Little Book of Suicides|
|Artist / Creator||Susan Collard|
|Artist's Nationality||United States|
|Place of Publication||Portland, OR|
|Process / Technique||Scratched and sanded joint compound and acrylics|
|Structure / Binding||Single-sheet coptic binding|
|Medium / Materials||Pencil and collage with marble dust and acrylics on canvas|
|Paper Stock||Birch aircraft plywood|
|Number of Pages||36 pages|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||3.25 x 2.5 x 3 inches.|
|Signed & Numbered||Yes|
BEST OF SHOW AWARD WINNER! Scratched into black paint on unembellished pages, this book is a sad and deeply personal story about suicide and guns within my family. It's a difficult narrative to share. The pages of the book are sewn haphazardly shut, with a needle knotted onto the thread to allow the reader entrance. My family's story, of course, is embedded in a broader social context. The book is sheathed in a canvas wrapper, which unwinds to reveal a series of national statistics on suicide and firearms. Suicide is by far the most common way to die by a gun in the United States, a fact that receives surprisingly little attention. It seems obvious that anyone choosing to own a gun should carefully consider how it is most likely to be used. Suicide is not a problem to be willed away by legislation, but speaking about it openly is a place to start.
Artist BioSusan Collard is a Portland book artist and architect whose firm, In-House Architecture, focuses on residential remodeling. She first encountered artists' books in 1991, while in the graduate creative writing program at the University of Arizona. She has been making one-of-a-kind collaged and constructed books ever since. Her work has been featured in many group shows, including multiple exhibitions sponsored by the Guild of Book Workers, 23 Sandy Gallery, Abecedarian Gallery, and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Her books are in the collections of a number of major libraries and universities.