New work and workshops coming. In the meantime I am resting my mind and heart by creating a tiny world filled with books.
Here is my Tiny Shop with the front door waiting for paint, floors waiting to be finished, the shevles waiting to be stained in preparation to recieve books.
The Cookbook Project
The Stolen Volumes
Creating connection with recipes and stories…
Click on images to learn about the story of each book, material details, number of pages, first recipe, participants, production images, and my personal inspiration.
The story of the loss: The project officially launched in August 2018 with overwhelming, wonderful, and humbling success. I met with 18 project participants over the course of 20 days. By the end of the 20th day, I had been already contacted about bringing the books to additional locations in California, The East Coast of the US, and Europe. On the 21st day the case the books traveled in and the books were stolen from a car while parked during transport in San Mateo, California. The travel case was found, the thief was caught and ultimately jailed, but the books were gone and were never recovered. My mother had died again, and again a piece of me died as well. For me the past was gone, the present was a void, and the future, once steeped in potential, was instantly blank.The following statements and images are all that is left of the project. It has taken almost an entire year for me to accept that there are things that one simply does not get over but that is okay.
The work uses the frame of the kitchen as a place where shared experiences both good and bad occur. I aim to expose histories of joy and pain, and in the process, create a collection of stories with recipes. The content is created through collaboration combining the history mail art and family-built recipe books. I have found the histories of bookmaking and sculpture to be useful in arranging ideas in order to align content, concept, and form. In this project, I hope to make visible the historicizing memories of how we all take our meals. The work is grounded in my personal struggle with truthfulness, love of the kitchen community, with consideration of aesthetics.
The Cookbook Project, a series of handmade artist books, each designed to encourage personal introspection and at the same time create connection to a community. For me, they solidify the now, memorialize the past, and set the table for the future. Each volume opens with one of my recipes and my story of the memory. I then deliver each book to project participants who is asked in turn to add a recipe and the story of that memory. I ask that each recipe added contain one ingredient from the preceding recipe if possible. I facilitate the continuation of each book's journey. Circulation had begun in August 2018 but was halted with the theft of the books.
Instagram - To Come
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