Witaj America, Witaj Polksa (Hello America, Hello Poland)
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Stiff Leaf and Do Si Do binding. Inkjet and letterpress print on Mohawk Superfine and Hosokawa Ohban Japanese paper, archival ink. 5 x 7 x 1 inches. 12 pages. Edition of 32.
This book, Witaj America, Witaj Polksa (Hello America, Hello Poland) seeks to become an important individual exploration as I continue to discover my personal approach towards a visual language, as well as contributing to contemporary societal dialog. This book seeks to interplay between personal narratives and historical events through the use of the collage form. The first side of the do-si-do combines subject matter, which consists of mainly historical events and contexts, linear and non-linear memories that have occurred in my grandmother’s past. The text was taken through extensive interviewing. The second section of the do-si-do connects to my own life and more recent national and international events. The project grew out of a trip I took to Poland with my eighty-six year old Grandmother to explore her Polish ancestry. The book details the story of their immigration to America and her life over the decades. The book unites our lives and as well as areas where we depart and have our differences.The original one-of-a-kind book contains handmade collages. The edition contains scans of the collages with letterpressed text printed on Japanese paper and affixed to the collages. The goal was to give the sensibility of a collage through the use of the letterpress text. The gradual change in typography shows the differences between our generations.
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