|Possession is Nine-Tenths:
|Historical Detritus of Syria (Volume I)
|Artist / Creator
|Elsi Vassdal Ellis
|Place of Publication
|Process / Technique
|Epson C88+ DuraBrite Ultra inks
|Structure / Binding
|Pivoting panel book
|Medium / Materials
|Davey board, lapis lazuli and carnelian stone beads, metal beads, marble tile, facsimile pottery shard, facsimile cuneiform tablet
|Cougar Opaque Natural, 65# cover and 70# text
|Number of Pages
|4 x 6 x 1.25 inches. Extends out to 24 inches
|1-10 as part of Desert Dreams: Explorations & Excavations of HK in Greater Syria; 11-25 sold individually with Hedi Kyle paper case.
This is a second book in the Desert Dreams: Explorations & Excavations of HK 30-volume boxed set. This volume acknowledges that in some parts of the world you cannot turn around without walking over artifacts of ancient history. As an archaeologist, HK seeks artifacts within their context to infer the details and nuances of a culture. Who owns what is a major point if discussion between countries liberated of their historical wealth and the public and private collectors as well as museums that house (and protect) them. Without such plundering, many artifacts may have been lost or destroyed, as evidenced by the actions of ISIS at Nimrud and years ago, the Taliban at Bamiyan. This is part of HK's private collection: restrung ancient beads, a tile from the emperor's feasting hall representing Justice found in Shahbah (ancient Philippopolis founded by Philip the Arab, 232 AD), a pottery shard without provenance, a small clay tablet without provenance. These artifacts reflect what I would collect.
Artist BioElsi Vassdal Ellis creates books in a well-equipped studio outside Bellingham on 20 acres of what was once part of the Buckholtz Homestead. Born in Fallon, Nevada, in 1952, she spent her formative years in Iowa City, Iowa, before settling down in the Pacific Northwest. Since 1983 she has produced over 125 editions and 120 unique books employing a variety of reproduction techniques and materials. Her work is permanently housed in many public collections including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, New York City Public Library, Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Grabhorn Collection in the San Francisco Public Library, and Arts of the Book Collection in the Yale University Library. Western Washington University has been her professional home since 1977 where she holds the rank of full professor and teaches courses in design production and (occasionally) book arts.