|Title||Please Don’t Look|
|Subtitle||A Book of Longing|
|Artist / Creator||Lynn Skordal|
|Place of Publication||La Conner, WA|
|Number of Images||73 pages + title and enpapers|
|Structure / Binding||Altered book|
|Medium / Materials||Heat transferred images, paper collage|
|Number of Pages||73 pages|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||5.5 x 6.5 x 0.75 inches closed|
|Box / Wrapper||Storage box (repurposed cardboard box)|
|Signed & Numbered||Signed by the artist|
Please Don’t Look is a one-of-a-kind altered book project. The original volume was a 1991 edition of Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, which has been totally altered with hand-cutting and heat-transferred images. The images were created from turn-of-the-century portraits and vintage "vernacular" photographs of unknown women from the 1930’s and 1940’s. In every image the women are evading the camera’s eye and all of their faces are hidden. The book's existing text has been excised by hand-cutting, leaving only a few phrases and words on each page, which form a “found poem” and meditation on the unease and longing of women.
Artist BioLynn lives and works in the tiny town of La Conner in the far Northwest corner of the US. After retiring from the practice of law ten 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, in books and magazines, and is included in many public and private collections across the country.