|Title||Send A Rescue Ship|
|Artist / Creator||Lisa Onstad|
|Artist's Nationality||United States|
|Place of Publication||Portland, Oregon|
|Process / Technique||Letterpress printed and typewritten text|
|Structure / Binding||Crown binding housed in a clamshell box|
|Medium / Materials||Hand-painted pages with acrylic paint and collage|
|Paper Stock||Hahnemuhle Bugra and Ingres papers|
|Number of Pages||4 folios or 16 pages|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||6 x 9 x .5 inches|
|Edition Size||Variable edition of 4|
My latest artist's book, Send A Rescue Ship, was inspired by a vintage glossary of weather and climate, the chance reading of a line from a Samuel Beckett novel, and a deceptively simple Hedi Kyle binding. Using weather as a metaphor for telling a story about depression, hand-painted pages of stormy seas depict the depths of human emotion. Simple, yet direct poetry expresses a person's will to carry on, despite running into the black edge of despair. The folded spine of Kyle's Crown binding allows the pages to be reversed, creating a book with two narratives one telling the story of the sufferer and the other, that of the rescuer.
Artist BioLisa Onstad's artist books are often inspired by chance pairings of found materials, text and images. She adds layers of hand-painted elements, collage and letterpress to her books to create a narrative that can be read in multiple ways. This allows the reader to make her story their own. Lisa received a BA in Fine Art from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon in 1986, and a certificate in Book Arts from the College of Art and Craft in Portland, Oregon in 2001. Her artist's books can be found in private and public collections in the U.S. and abroad, including the Yale University Special Collections, University of Washington, Seattle and the Atelier Vis-a-Vis, Marseille, France. Her artist's book, Aggregate Memory, a collaboration with Macy Chadwick, was included in 500 Handmade Books, Lark Press, 2008 and Book, Art Object, Oak Knoll Press, 2008.