|Towards a Just Landscape
|Artist / Creator
|Sin Nombre Press
|Place of Publication
|La Mesa, California
|Nicholas Brown (author of excerpted text in Vanishing Point)
|Process / Technique
|Letterpress printed from polymer plates made from original drawings
|Structure / Binding
|Overlapping gate-fold; postcards with map enclosure; drum leaf; 20-foot thread
|Medium / Materials
|Hand-spun flax thread, natural linen bookcloth
|Handmade gampi, Sakamoto, cork paper
|Number of Pages
|37, 13, 34 pages
|8.5 x 6.5 x 1 inches closed.
|Edition of 15
|Box / Wrapper
|Dropped-spine box with partitions
|Signed & Numbered
|Signed and numbered edition
Towards a Just Landscape is a multi-book project concerning the 20-foot clear-cut that divides the US and Canada along its international border. More specifically, it documents my travels along the 49th Parallel as I crisscrossed the border in search of the swath. The resulting works explore the political and ecological impact of the border clearing on its surrounding environment. While "Boundary Vistas" studies the landscapes along the 49th Parallel at a macroscopic level to comment on the scale and enormity of the clear-cut, "A Field Guide to New Growth," by contrast, focuses more microscopically on the swath itself and what can be found growing in the wake of destruction. "Vanishing Point" envisions the clear-cut as a physical disconnect over how to achieve peace and justice in the Alberta/Montana borderlands. Together, these works attempt to create a more complete picture of the boundary shared between the US and Canada as a means to re-imagine how borders are perceived.
Artist BioAnne Covell is a book artist and papermaker. She received her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book where she attended on an Iowa Arts Fellowship. She has studied Asian and Western papermaking techniques with Timothy Barrett and has taught courses in bookbinding, papermaking, and natural dyeing for the University of Iowa Center for the Book and the University of Georgia study abroad program in Cortona, Italy. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad and can be seen in a growing number of special collections libraries and museums worldwide including the Yale University Arts Library, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the National Library of Chile. Currently, she resides in San Diego, California where she is building a Japanese papermaking studio and investigating Asian papermaking and cover-making techniques for use in conservation and book arts.