All My Relations
Limited Edition Artist Book
38 cm; 13 leaves. Multiple block woodcuts from photos of the artist’s ancestors and other images that evoke the passage of time. Accordion bound and housed in a box covered with a rich, brown brocade. The background of each spread, printed with a wallpaper-like pattern, suggests that we are walking through the doorways of memory into many rooms. Edition of 25. 1993.
Memories and stories that Grandmothers tell after dinner—
A velvet album of photographs and tintypes.
Woven tales resonate in a gentle voice,
about changes, growth and passage.
Most faces I don’t recognize,
But I can see the present in the past.
I listen, and paint stories into my imagination.
Thumbing through these dog-eared relics,
I glance down.
Extending from my shirtsleeves,
I see my Grandmother’s hands.