|Artist / Creator||Shireen Holman|
|Artist's Nationality||United States|
|Place of Publication||Montgomery Village, MD|
|Process / Technique||Woodcut; letterpress|
|Structure / Binding||Codex, pamphlet stitch binding|
|Paper Stock||Handmade paper pulp paintings (base sheets 50% cotton, 50% abaca; pulp paintings cotton and flax); gampi|
|Number of Pages||20 pages|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||13.75 x 19.25 x .75 inches|
|Edition Size||Edition of 20|
|Box / Wrapper||Presented in a cloth and paper covered clamshell box|
|Signed & Numbered||Yes|
This book explores how we think about time, from the perspectives of art, religion, literature, and science. Ordinarily we think of time in terms of our lifetimes, moving in one direction. We try to create ways of measuring time concretely, with clocks and calendars. Sundials measure time by their own shadows. Time casts long shadows; we are all subject to its inevitable ravages. Time can be fleeting, eternal, or elastic. It is unstable. When you try to pinpoint a moment to understand it, it has gone. The book's images fade in and out of focus, as does our grasp of the meaning of time. In Hinduism time is thought to be a necessary condition of growth and decay, and is considered cyclical. Time is also seen as a manifestation of God. In Western science, time is not independent, but is part of a four-dimensional space-time continuum. Perhaps time itself had a beginning and will have an end. People try to conquer time by creating works that last well beyond their lifetimes.
—BEST OF SHOW AWARD! SACRED | PROFANE 2014.
Artist BioShireen Modak Holman was born in Mumbai, India. Because she is half Indian and half American, much of her work involves the interaction of both cultures. She has been a printmaker for more than 35 years, and a book artist for more than 20. Collectors of her work include the National Gallery of Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and many university special collections and libraries, including Yale University, UCLA, UC Berkeley, University of Iowa, George Mason University, Virginia Commonwealth University, the Ringling School of Art & Design, and others. Her work has been shown in three Book As Art exhibits at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and she has won several awards and grants for her artist books.