The Assignment


Tricia Treacy
Swarthmore, PA

Title: What More to Say

Number of Copies in Edition: 3
Size: 9 x 8.25 inches
Numer of Pages: 54

Medium: Drawing, letterpress, artist book.

Price: $800

To purchase, please contact Laura at 23 Sandy Gallery.

The Assignment

Sound inspired artist books....

Music and audio sounds are in all of our everyday lives.

React to or translate a song, audio experience of your everyday sounds into an artist book. How can you translate sound into a conceptual experience that deals with sequence? The form and content must reflect the tone and/or language of the original sound experience. Explore scale, pattern, contract and texture. How can the tone of the sound translate into you book form? How can you translate the abstract into the concrete or the concrete into the abstract? The form and content will vary depending on your original sound.


Select your music or audio experience. It can involve everyday basic sounds but you’ll need a specific recording, that has a start and end point for your audio experience. Listen to this over and over and create compositions that rely on sequence. How can your text and/or imagery represent the sound? What is the voice that you wish to translate into your book? Will your voice come into the book to supplement or contrast the original voice?

Question your response and how palette, typographic elements, scale, patterns and form influence the final voice of your artist book in relation to your auditory information. Try to push the through obvious solutions and translate your audio experience in an unexpected sequence using a book form. Be sure to consider a system in your book.

Artist Statement

The urge to tell stories fuels my artwork.

The art of the narrative was taught to me by my father. He taught me that everyone has an interesting story, as long as someone gives them the chance to tell it.

I’ve inherited my father’s love of language and narrative, which is why my artistic career began with creative writing.  Entered the visual arts in 1998, I continued to use writing as a foundation for my work. My creative process always begins with writing and ends with some form of visual experimentation.

My creative work portrays ideas that surface during the merging of memory and reality, concentrating on the collision of storytelling, reflection, dreams, and common everyday images. I am inspired by the way storytelling creates connections between people.  When one of my family members tells a story, which is often comical and exaggerated, it brings us together for a moment.

To recreate that same moment for a viewer; to present ideas in a landscape of words and images, leaving them with a “moment,” whether pleasant or odd; is the core of my objectives as an artist. From that moment, the viewer will walk away with an experience in her own memory that I will never know, and that she may not have had without viewing my work.


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