No Name on Back by Dina Scheel

$350.00 - Please contact 23 Sandy for current availability.
I can discover many things when researching family history, yet I know for every fact I find, there are hundreds of unanswered questions or missing details. No Name on Back addresses these family details lost through time, both in the poem inside and also in the actual printing of the book. The photos and poem imagine the reader has found a box of mementos and the pictures inside have no names on the back; it addresses these lost people (we may never know who they are) as we go through the photos and the trinkets inside the box (why were they kept? What meaning has been lost?). Printed on vellum, the picture from the 70s is only a little foggy, then each subsequent photograph goes back in time and gets less clear until the tintype photos are almost impossible to make out_just like family details getting murkier and harder to know as time goes on.

Artist Bio

A lifelong maker of things, Dina Scheel became a book artist after stumbling upon a local book arts exhibit. "It felt like I had come home; I knew instantly that this was my art." She is drawn to unique structures and the ability of book art to tell narratives and invoke discussion on important topics. She is also an avid collector of book art as well. Her work has been published in 500 Handmade Books, Volume 2, Lark Books, 2013, and exhibited at the John Rylands Library, Manchester, England, and Columbia University, New York City. In 2012, she was co-juror of Infinite Possibilities: Math, Science, Book Arts at 23 Sandy Gallery. She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and learned Book Arts at Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA.