The Mask of Evil [Artist Book].
San Juan Capistrano, CA: Inkswine Press, 2021. Limited Edition. Hardcover. "Brecht’s The Mask of Evil reveals beautifully the problem of being angry and hateful in this world: it’s straining and a lot of effort – exactly what it looks and sounds like. Here it is interpreted with anxious typography, juxtaposed with calming organic wood textures." [artist statement]
"Because I arrived at making books from being a printmaker I find myself to be a book artist rather than a book binder. As an artist I have chosen printmaking as my medium. I get excited about ink and paper. The textures, the subtle build-up of sheen in successive ink layers, the gentle dimensionality impressions leave on the sheet, the feel of the printing blocks, the sounds and scents – it’s the whole mix. It is seductive, challenging, often surprising, and always exhilarating. Printmaking and book arts share the same birth mother. Artists books can beautifully showcase a suite of prints; types enrich the work graphically. Sometimes the work is type driven, which I often think of as mark-making. Books substantially aid me as printmaker, provide context, impart rhythm and a pulse, and provide a tangible dimensionality not commonly found in printmaking alone. In employing traditional and exploring new methods of image and book making the results connect us to our past and keep it relevant. It allows us to speak with a contemporary voice grounded in the human experience." [artist statement]. Fine. Tight, bright, and unmarred. Quarterbound black Kraftex leather over blue hand-made paper covered boards, gilt lettering, multi-color woodblock prints, letterpress type. fo. np [12pp]. Illus. (color plates). Numbered limited edition of 10 books. Signed by the artist. Item #10993