For Alisa Golden making books is the natural bridge between her writing and art. Through layered imagery and poetic language she invites the reader to experience multiple meanings, all bound in structures that echo the contents. After years of working precisely with printmaking techniques, primarily letterpress, and creating editioned works, she is currently exploring the spontaneity of ink painting in her one-of-a-kind books. In addition to her studio practice, she teaches at California College of the Arts, the San Francisco Art Institute, and the San Francisco Center for the Book. She is the author of three instructional books: Creating Handmade Books, Unique Handmade Books, and Expressive Handmade Books (Sterling Publishing.)
2006. 6" pyramid box with book attached inside. Edition of 7.
Eight pages. This is a brief story of Pharaoh's daughter, who is unnamed in the Bible, but was later given the name "Batya" by the rabbis, meaning "daughter of the Creator" in response to her compassionate and merciful qualities. This limited edition of seven was produced in honor of my mother's birthday. It includes handset metal and wood type printed on pearlescent orange and pink painted paper. Illustrations are printed from linoleum cuts and based on Egyptian hieroglyphics. Book cloth covers the outside of the pyramid and a painted pyramidal slipcase becomes the closure. The structure of the attached book is a type of accordion sometimes referred to as a "boustrophedon," a "maze" or "ox-plow" because the pages go first one way, then another. Since Egyptian hieroglyphics were read right to left, left to right, top to bottom, and bottom to top, the structure appropriately mirrors the contents.