|Title||The Twin Code|
|Artist / Creator||Amy Pirkle|
|Press Name||Perkolator Press|
|Artist's Nationality||United States|
|Place of Publication||Tuscaloosa, Alabama|
|Process / Technique||Letterpress printed from handset metal types and reduction linocut|
|Structure / Binding||Swing-panel accordion|
|Paper Stock||Nepali Lokta and Arches text weight papers|
|Number of Pages||12 pages|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||4.5 x 9 x 0.5 inches. Extends out to 45 inches|
|Edition Size||Edition of 10|
My identical twin sister and I share an understood code. One might argue that it is written into our DNA, but certainly it developed long after we were born. The Twin Code presents many unspoken, yet implied, principles that Sara and I follow. These rules have been printed and bound as a swing-panel accordion (a book structure developed by Hedi Kyle), so that the text is hidden on panels behind a large image of a DNA strand. The book structure reinforces the idea that as identical twins, our genetics are identical and this code of rules is written into our DNA.
Artist BioAmy Pirkle established Perkolator Press in 2005 and received her M.F.A. in Book Arts from The University of Alabama in 2007. As a printer and book artist, her primary medium is letterpress and reduction relief, but she employs other printmaking techniques as well. Although her work stems from a long-standing craft tradition of fine press and fine binding, she also enjoys integrating newer forms of technology into her books. Familial relationships, time, and memory are the major inspirations for her work. Amy has enjoyed an active exhibition record, both nationally and internationally, and her work resides in Permanent Special Collections in 49 universities across the United States including the Art Institute of Chicago, Brown, RISD, Vanderbilt, and Yale. Amy currently teaches book arts, drawing, and design at The University of Alabama.