Waiting to be Completed: A Project on an Interactive Artist Book of Etchings. Along with several other WPG members participating in the Pyramid Atlantic 2012 Book Arts Fair, artist member Matina Marki Tillman showed her first artist book, a 6-etching, small varied edition.
Artist Update: Matina Marki Tillman
Remember Matina’s lovely little book from the Book Arts Fair a few weeks ago (we still have it, if you can’t stop thinking about it). Read on to hear the artists thoughts behind it!
The idea of this little accordion book was a simple project experimenting with interaction, in this case, the interaction of three. These are the printmaker / writer; the dedicator / intermediate possessor; and the receiver / final possessor. With small portions of the book left open to be completed by others, the printmaker attempts to involve the dedicator, which with his / her own brief but essential handwritten messages on the two outer panels (“and few words…”), personalizes and completes the book. The final participant is the one chosen to receive the book, indicated in the title / cover, “for you.”
The invitation of two other parties to interact with the printmaker’s original, hand-pulled book of prints resonates with the theme of three apparent in the “three thoughts of you” (the three individual etchings printed together as the central element of the book). This exploratory project also stresses the meaning of the term “varied edition,” since it allows each book to be individualized by various interactors.