Unique artists' book, signed by the artist on inside cover.
"'Heredity, family origin, and womanhood are key topics addressed in my work. 'Gifts from Our Elders' reflects this celebration of femininity and famliy history. 'Gifts' is a book object that pays tribute to the things that are given to us through heredity and the gift of life. Old medical pop-ups point out the awards of sensitivity and the heart--while an image of the brain sectioned into zone parts denotes the favor of intellect and a love for the arts passed on by legacy and genetics. Lastly, Victorian French fashion advertisements communicate an ovation to virility, womanliness, and life cycle." -- Quote by the artist from Joshua Heller Rare Books website (viewed January 28, 2014).
Materials used: Bookboard, decorative papers, bookcloth, cyanotype, and found materials: hourglass, antique glasses, wrapped manikin hand, medical and spiritual illustrations, feathers, sheet music, tides chart, butterfly, T.S. Eliot excerpt (The Four Quartets: East Coker) and French Victorian fashion advertisements. The contents of the box are visible through a piece of glass.