Messy Archivist (saddle-stitched). M. C. Kinniburgh. TKS. 2020.
Messy Archivist (saddle-stitched). M. C. Kinniburgh. TKS. 2020.
Messy Archivist (saddle-stitched). M. C. Kinniburgh. TKS. 2020.
Messy Archivist (saddle-stitched). M. C. Kinniburgh. TKS. 2020.

Messy Archivist (saddle-stitched).

TKS, 2020. Item #2342

Saddle-stitched with colored staples in wrappers.

In homage to the title of the work, wrappers are glitter paper and colophon sheet is inkjet printer on transcluent purple paper.

This chapbook explores archival practice through the etymology of the word "messy." From the back cover:

"A mess, 
amass:
send, let go
then put or place.

Political, spiritual, we eat the same
dish together as communion. 

Know the history: post-1800, 
the nurture of cooked and baked
becomes disorder and dirt

but at its core, 
it is the nourishment we share
at the same table.

Mess of experience, mess of papers, 
mess of what sustains."

This is from an edition of an unspecified number of copies. There was also an edition of 33 copies, plus 3 artist's proofs. Twenty-eight copies handbound in orange linen thread, with five copies in purple linen thread. Nine copies include limited-edition postcard from Room 26 Discrete Notions Exhibition Series 15 #5A, "Gerrit's Library (Magic Room)." Rubber-stamped covers made from archival folders at Granary Books.

Digital version available here


Price: $11.00

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