The Sandwich Generation by Patty Bruce

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This book is about Baby Boomers who are sandwiched between the debt incurred from children that failed-to-launch into society as financially independent Gen X’ers and their aging parents who were ill prepared for the present skyrocketing cost of living, healthcare, and increasing longevity.

The Sandwich Generation is an unbound book that addresses debt, meeting family obligations and responsibilities of the present economic times. The viewer can manually stack the pieces of the sandwich randomly or logically. But anyway you approach it the problem still exists and looks the same from any vantage point. Artist book created using found pages with text added by the artist, housed in an authentic vintage plaid collectable lunch pail which includes a milk carton, and faux food. Each is signed and numbered by the artist.

Artist Bio

Patty Bruce is currently a resident of Boston, Massachusetts. She earned a MSED from the University of Southern California and a degree in graphic design while in Texas. Her interest in binding started building about a decade ago which has now developed into a full time passion. She trains at the American Academy of Bookbinding with Monique Lallier specializing in French binding and studies other archival structures from Jan Sabota in the Czech Republic. Her experiences now include printmaking, letterpress and sculptural binding allowing a fuller realization of the completed book. Her early work In Flight was exhibited in the GBW Exhibition 2003. Additionally, Bruce's works have been accepted for the Helen Degolyer Triennial Exhibitions in 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2012; Chicago Public Library One Book Many Interpretations 2006 and 2012;  Book Power at the Sandy Gallery in Portland, Oregon 2010, and Uncommon Threads 2011, Chapter Exhibitions around the country and private collection. She recently received First prize in the New England Chapter juried competition of the Pictorial Webster. Currently her work is represented in the GBW Exhibition Horizon 2012-2014. Bruce received a Master's of Object/Sculptural Binding diploma from Society of Bookbinding of the Czech Republic. She works full time binding books in her studio in Massachusetts.