|Title||Strategies For a Parallel Universe|
|Artist / Creator||Lynn Skordal|
|Place of Publication||La Conner, WA|
|Structure / Binding||Altered book|
|Medium / Materials||Vintage book, inkjet images, gold pigmented wax, Lokta paper, watercolor pencil, acrylic paint|
|Number of Pages||48 pages|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||6 x 6.25 x 0.5 inches closed|
|Box / Wrapper||Presented in a repurposed cardboard box|
|Signed & Numbered||Signed by the artist|
Strategies for a Parallel Universe is a one-of-a-kind altered book. The original 1995 book was entitled “If…(Questions for the Game of Life,” written by E. McFarlane and J. Saywell to stimulate a party game called “If.” The book has been completely altered with paint, rubbed gold wax and collage. The original covers are intact and a book label added. Most of the text has been excised (covered in gold), with the left-over text forming a “found” meditation on the possibility of the existence of parallel universes, which might be populated with alternative versions of ourselves leading different lives, with other histories, varying choices, and unexpected outcomes: What would you change?
Artist BioLynn lives and works in the far Northwest, in a little town on the banks of the Swinomish Channel, near the beautiful Salish Sea. After retiring from the practice of law in 2008, she began making artist’s books and small works on paper. Old-style cut and 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. She says: “For me, collage is about juxtaposition -- in materials, methods and content – and there’s always a story with a little bit of mystery to it. My pieces often mix historical images and popular culture, with a little dash of magical realism. The goal is always to startle, amuse or provoke." Lynn's work has appeared in collage and book arts exhibitions across the country, and her work appears in a number of public and private collections.