All My Relations, artist book

All My Relations

Eugene, Oregon: Susan Lowdermilk, 1993. Edition of 25.

38 cm; 13 leaves. Accordion bound between paper-covered boards. Housed in a box covered with a rich, brown brocade.

Drom photos and tintypes of the artist’s ancestors and other images. a pocket watch, a locket-evoke the passage of time. We sit looking back with the artist recalling our own family figures and family legends- “Most faces I don’t recognize, but I can see the present in the past.” The background of each spread, printed with a wallpaper-like pattern, suggests that we are walking through the doorways of memory into many rooms.