Artist Books

A Biography of Place

I initially created this chapbook, A Biography of Place, as a companion piece to Consilience: A Sensory Map to the Natural World. Both were displayed during Prime (a book arts exhibition) at the Corcoran in 2011. During the exhibition, the chapbook was distributed for free. It can now be purchased for $25, and I will donate all of the proceeds to the Mono Lake Committee. If you are interested in purchasing one now, please email me.

As it states in the colophon, the chapbook is intended as a call to action: go outside and get to know a place, whether it is two square feet of grass by the sidewalk or the top of a mountain ridge. All natural places, small and large, matter. Sit and spend time with your place; let it engage our senses. Use the collaborative space in this book to write a biography of place: record your thoughts, draw a picture, collect a memory; whatever suits you. Use the container to preserve a small element of your place: a blade of grass, a pebble, a fallen leaf. Carry it with you, let it remind you how much it matters. Then, do something to nurture, share and protect that space, and inspire others to do the same.

size: 2.5 x 3.5 x .5
structure/binding: pamphlet bound chapbook
materials: found and recycled paper for covers and interior pages with letterpress and photocopy, linen floss, test tube
edition: 200