Poem text:

Please hold me flat on my back

Open me carefully

Take time to look before you touch

When removing a part of me

Feel the lightness of my weight in your hand

If you break me

Return me

I am still a thing of beauty

Even with sharp edges

Held together by skin

As a visual artist, I often make work that invites the viewer to witness materials subtly yellowing, wrinkling, and changing with age, much like a living organism does. With this new project, I want to take this practice into another medium by publishing a limited-edition artist book that is predicated on the intimacy of touch and transformation. This is the first time I will make a work like this, but I believe this is the perfect time. Each book will contain a small ceramic vessel, a poem, and the experience of holding. Living through this pandemic, I long for the touch of my friends. I long for the feeling of being held. I hope that the viewer holds this book, reads the poem, lightly brushes their fingers on and around the paint, considers the subtle ridges of my imprinted fingertips, and is reminded that we are connected.

This project was made possible through a grant from 3Arts and donors to 3AP (3Arts Projects) listed below.

Adrien Fairweather, Adrienne Tarver, Alicia Race, Amanda Dee, anonymous, anonymous, Arlyne Hoyt, Brit Carlson, Caitlin Wagner, Callista Hoffman, Candice Stumbaugh, Christopher Edwards, Dedrea Gray, Elizabeth Lalley, Fay Cheng, Genielle Burrows, Gracen Torrence, Heather Provencher, Indra Lee-Inniss, Jan Reichard-Brown, Janice Butler, Jasmine Loney, Jemma Jackson, John Bylander, Joyce Bylander, Kate Meehan, Kevin Zeeck, Lauren Karrenberg, Lauren Withers, Lisa Lee, Lynne Wiora, Megan DeMarco, Megan Moore, Meggan Trevey, Meghan Schaefer, Meryl Haring, Morgan McDowell, Pooja Pittie, and Roz Ellis.