|Title||The Place Setting|
|Subtitle||What Lot's Wife Would've Said (If She Wasn't a Pillar of Salt)|
|Artist / Creator||Julie Shaw Lutts|
|Place of Publication||Salem, MA|
|Medium / Materials||Mixed media: vintage wooden box, pottery, glass, metal, bakelite, felt|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||Box 13.5 x 10.75 x 9.75 inches|
|Box / Wrapper||Presented in an altered vintage box.|
|Signed & Numbered||Yes|
The Place Setting was inspired by my deep, passionate love of food. When visiting one of my favorite New York stores, Fishs Eddy in Union Square, I spotted these perfect white plates and right then and there designed the whole piece. When back in the studio I found my favorite foodie quotes and started in on the drawing of the “pages” or in this case the porcelain plates. The hands are also made of porcelain and each has a quote about the most beloved course of the meal, dessert. In this artist book the porcelain hands represent the “page numbers” of each place setting. Each of the four place settings includes a plate with chef and foodie quotes, the hand as the page number, a set of vintage Bakelite flatware, a small French wine glass, and a simple black felt place mat. All of these items fit inside a beautiful re-fitted vintage wooden box. Bon appetit!
Artist BioJulie Shaw Lutts is a book artist who's studio is in Salem Massachusetts. Her books use all kinds of media including, maps, old diaries, tintypes, old photographs, handwritten letters, encaustic, vintage boxes, strange medical devices, keepsakes and relics, found in various flea markets around the world. Each found object has it's own story which informs the narrative she creates in her work. "Her pieces are endlessly captivating and uncommonly beautiful. Her dedication to the work is evident in the care she gives each item, flawlessly executed and responsibly presented regardless of form or intention. She is a visual anthropologist." Shaw Lutts has shown extensively in both solo and group exhibits. Her work is held in many collections including The Tate Britian, The Book Art Museum in Poland, and many universities. Also featured in the recent book 1000 Artist Books: Exploring the Book as Art, and the upcoming 500 Artist Books II to be published in September 2013.