Julie Chen is a groundbreaking innovator in the growing field of the artist's book. Her works defy traditional definitions of bookmaking, combining original works of poetry and three-dimensional paper techniques to stunning effect. Drawn to the book art form after completing a degree in printmaking, Chen entered the book arts program at Mills College in 1984 with no formal training and not a single book project in her portfolio. Initially intrigued by the language, the equipment and the materials, she worked diligently to learn the tricks of the craft. Today, Chen's books are considered exceptional for their craft and quality. Chen regularly gives lectures on bookmaking and teaches workshops in cities across the nation.
This is an extraordinary work and a challenge to wake up and pay attention. Between optimism and despair, as written on left and right wings of this view of our planet, lies the truth about the dangers facing us. "You do not want to believe that time is running out", she begins. The book opens up to 60" and takes us on a three dimensional journey through time, which is dangerously ticking away. Five different spreads with sculptural pop-up elements and interactive tabs demonstrate the role we must play in our own survival. Please come in and let us take you through the amazing experience this book creates.
The edition of 100 copies was printed letterpress on a variety of papers using photopolymer plates.
Box size: 10 1/4" x 20 5/8" x 2"
Book size 9 1/2" x 20 1/4" x 1 1/4", opening to a full width of 60".