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.)
A Witness to Curious Speed
2005. Three books, 3 3/4" x 5 1/2" in a triple slipcase, 3 1/2" x 5 3/4". Edition of 15.Twenty-one total pages with four stenciled prints and four poems about time and change. The books are subtitled: lanes, phases, and channels.
Letterpress printed from handset type on acrylic painted papers and paste papers. The triple slipcase was inspired by Hedi Kyle. The books are folded from single sheets of paper.
"The sentry owl, a witness, waits in trees for night's intrigue"