Granary Books, 1998. Item #GB_65
7 3/4 x 11 in., 22 pp., cloth over boards.
“Working with the formal language of abstract painting and elements from popular culture, I treat the book as a container for a multitude of raw to refined experiences. Humor, key to appreciating and working with the chaos that permeates our life, pervades the book as does the uplifting and purifying power of color, space, and adornment.”
everyday colors takes its name from Martha Stewart’s line of house paint at K-Mart. Floating paint chips, attached to the pages with Velcro, reference the vocabularies of both modernist abstract painting and everyday domestic life. It playfully engages the rousing drama of everyday life.
The cover image of everyday colors is based on the four gates of a Buddhist mandala. Throughout the book, the use of color as temperature is inspired both by Buddhist practice and early abstract painting. The healing and cleansing role of color and adornment in the book references rituals and customs common in India, as does the repeated curvaceous line form which is derived from rangolis, the intricately patterned designs drawn with powdered pigments by women each morning on the threshold of their dwelling to purify, honor and protect their house and the earth. Images in the book are constructed from materials such as sponge, sandpaper, smoke, topographical paper from Thailand, onion prints, hand prints, and fabric.
Each copy was handwritten, drawn, painted, and assembled by the artist in her studio in New York’s East Village during the summer of 1998. The book is constructed on Somerset Velvet paper and bound in a modified concertina with cloth over boards by Barbara Mauriello. This is from an edition of 16 copies, of which six are hors commerce and 10 are for sale; each signed by the artist.
ABOUT WENDY MILLER
Pictured: cover; view of book; pp. 5–6; 13–16; and 23–24.
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