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Legacy (only).

Portland, ME: Artist Book, 2006. Limited Edition. Original Wraps. Elegantly designed, can be opened one way or another, but not both...always keeping its secrets. In the artist's words, "Over the course of a few years, I was waiting for an inheritance from a very distant family member, a second cousin of my great aunt, someone I never knew. Through all the forms to fill out and notarize, and all the family interaction with emails and letters going back and forth, I was thinking more about the intangible things that we inherit. I put together the text from what people said to me and other girls in our family as we were growing up, and from my paternal grandmother's journal from the year my father turned one. The images are from old advertisements and paper dolls. I liked using the flexagon structure because it reminds me of a child's toy, and even though you can read and see everything in the book, you can't do that all at once because there's always something hidden." In a period where a fair bit of "book art" is glib, Cawley's work is subtle and engaging. Where much is to be seen once, enjoyed and forgotten, Cawley's begs "rereading", as with each rereading one is able to trick out another nuance...another wee tale. Cawley is emerging as a fresh and sophisticated voice in American book arts. Fine in Fine Slipcase. Item #5108 Signed by the author, else tight, bright and unmarred. Slip envelope is bright and clean. Cream printed wraps, red and grey ink lettering, grey ink pictorial elements, woven textblock. 12mo. Illus. Materials: Letterpress and watercolor hand-stenciling. Woven flexagon structure with paper folder. Typesetting and letterpress work were done by the artist at Wolfe Editions (Portland, ME) with the guidance of David Wolfe. Signed and numbered by the artist on page 4 and at the envelope. Limited numbered edition, this being 7 of 30.
Price: $200.00     Item #5108