|Title||The Merchant of Venice|
|Subtitle||by William Shakespeare|
|Artist / Creator||Linda Welch|
|Place of Publication||Ames, IA|
|Process / Technique||Original printing by The Riverside Press, Cambridge, MA|
|Structure / Binding||Re-bound book in slipcase|
|Medium / Materials||Collage and acrylic on slipcase|
|Paper Stock||Original book pages from 1911, altered|
|Number of Pages||Pages 1 - 111 of original book|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||1.5 x 3.5 x 1.75 inches|
|Signed & Numbered||Signed by the artist|
When my grandmother was young, she read books from the Riverside Literature Series. She was the first in her family to complete high school and these works were an important measure of her education. I love to restructure a piece of literature, altering the way it is viewed and read. The Riverside Series featured over 200 volumes, mostly fiction and poetry. The Merchant of Venice is #55. The number now appears on the inside front cover. Today, this series is considered collectible.
Artist BioLinda Welch is a painter, sculptor and book artist living in Portland Oregon. She grew up in Iowa and lived for many years in California. She received a B.F.A. in Ceramics from Long Beach State and an M.F.A. in Textile Design from UC Davis. Her work is in private and public collections including UCLA Fine Art Library and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.