Granary Books, 2011. Item #GB_151
14 1/4 x 10 1/2 in., 34 pp., cloth over boards, mylar jacket.
“Amphibians are facing a dire global extinction crisis that crystallizes the impact humans are having on the entire natural world”
–Claude Gascon, Conservation International
“In April of 2006, soon after this statement appeared in the press, scientists discovered a fossil on Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic that provided evidence for the sought-after ‘missing link’ between sea creatures and the first land-roaming animal...something approaching a first-stage amphibian. The struggle involved in making this journey through time and the elements—from fins to paws—felt extremely urgent—even intimate—although separated from us by 375 million years.
"About to begin a collaborative series in Rome in April of 2006, we had both been particularly compelled by the visual patterns and alphabets embedded in the stones, antiquities, mosaics, constellation graphics and fabrics of Indo-European cultures and had begun exploratory work piecing together these iconic fragments in our own texts and drawings. But when the ‘missing link’ fossil appeared, the direction for our project amplified. To be at this end of a disappearing species, just as its earliest beginnings were discovered, was cause for alarm and overwhelming sadness.
"Yet as we worked, the subject often took its own direction towards celebration of evolution’s unstoppable force—its languages and visual pathways, continuously reanimated.
"ii ss addresses the double-bind of to be—being human and being dependent upon the natural world for pleasure and sustenance. In this knowledge we have been awakened, with a harsh jolt, to earth’s gradual melting and shifting due to man’s deliberate avoidance patterns, both greedy and neglectful, leading us to the careless destruction of our planet home.”
–Kathleen Fraser and Hermine Ford. Rome, Apr. 3, 2007
ii ss was designed by Kathleen Fraser, Hermine Ford, Diane Bertolo, and Steve Clay with typography by Fraser and Diane Bertolo. The book was printed on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 188 gsm 100% cotton rag paper (endpapers on 308 gsm paper) using pigment based inks on the Epson 9890 at Silicon Gallery Fine Art Prints in Philadelphia. The binding is by Judith Ivry. This is from an edition of 33 copies, of which 25 are for sale; each numbered and signed by the poet and artist. Out-of-print.
Pictured: close-up of illustration; pp. 13–14; 19–20; 23–24; and 25–26.
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