Spoken by Warren Buss - SOLD OUT!

As sensual objects, books more than any other art objects demand to be held, touched, moved through in order to be fully understood. As my teacher Barb Tetenbaum often notes, the goal of making an artist’s book is to make something that cannot be understood merely by looking at a picture of it. You have to interact with it personally.

Seeing a book behind glass is to limit the reader’s experience, to ask them to scent without smelling, to feel without touching, to hear without speaking.

This book arose from thoughts about how a book might make sound - how it might speak. The structure and text explore how the materials of the book relate to the mechanics of making sound and how the written word relates to the spoken word. But who does the speaking and what is the source of creative inspiration? How far can we analyze the creative process before we are left holding nothing?

Artist Bio

Warren Buss was born in Cleveland, Ohio, some years ago. He received a B.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College. After being a database programmer for just long enough, he began studying bookmaking at Oregon College of Art & Craft. He currently resides in Beaverton, Oregon, with his family.