The artist book is hand made using abaca. Different leaves were collected for this book and embossed into the paper, very few leaves still remain embedded in the paper. Also embedded in the paper is different natural tones of eye make up. The book contains twenty pages; six pages are blank showing only the embossed leaves. This includes the cover and the two pages that follow, also the last two pages and the back cover. The other fourteen pages have three different intaglio prints taking up the entire page. These prints are arranged in an order so that they start out by lining up with their own plate for the first six pages, then as the book progresses the prints line up with the other prints. The centerfold includes all three plates, printed to appear as if it was one plate. As the book continues and comes to an end this pattern is mirrored. Two other details that progress through the book is the amount of embossed leaves and make up added to each page.
The prints featured in this artist book bring their own concepts to the piece as a whole. The prints are made up of three main images: natural textures, geometrical forms and a female face. While the prints themselves heavily revolve around the idea of identity, they also question the concept of beauty. Very clearly the female face desires the representation of beauty, her gaze demands attention. Each print also has a decorative representation of nature in the form of leaves as a texture, but also an “actual” representation of nature with embossed leaves in the plate itself. Lastly the geometric forms represent an orderly form of beauty. Each piece of the plates is constructed in a way to question the idea of beauty and what it means to the individual or society as a whole.
The artist book shows a progression in which everyone continues to go through. In the beginning the prints are shown on paper that is clear of influence, from other prints or from make up. The paper used in the beginning is one heavily embossed with leaves. This represents an identity that is free of influence from others and society, the purest representation of free will (at least in this book). As the book continues the paper looses this natural identity, and gains outside influences, in this case other plates and make up. The use of make up refers to the idea of beauty that is embedded in the concept of the intaglio plates. The centerfold is all three prints, dirty with make up and lacks any trace of leaves embossed, the page is a turning point, where it appears the identity of one is unclear. As the book comes to a close the paper becomes heavy with make up and embossed leaves, the sense of confusion becomes strong. The prints go back to lining up with their own prints. The identity displayed in the last set of pages is a confused after math of outside influences.
My goal for this book is to question the idea of identity and free will through modes of the social construct that is beauty.