Valerie Carrigan ~ Massachusetts
(Messenger Press)

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Messenger Press: "Messenger Press is the imprint of book artist and printmaker Valerie Carrigan. Valerie works out of her studio in a historic mill in western Massachusetts where she produces prints and artist books. Through monotype, relief and letterpress printing, she explores the intersection of the natural world and the human spirit."

The Walk
By Valerie Carrigan
North Adams, Massachusetts: Messenger Press, 2016. Edition of 25.

8 x 7" closed with accordion binding. Original monotypes reproduced as offset lithographs. Text set in Garamond Roman and letterpress printed. Excerpts from the private journal of Henri Frédéric Amiel (1821-1881) set in Adobe Garamond Pro. Printed on Rives BFK paper. Housed in cloth-covered tri fold with matching slipcase. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Valerie Carrigan: "My daughter and I began walking to school last year. We stopped to observe many things, but it was the milkweed that most captured our attention. With each new day we watched the plant change color and texture, my daughter eagerly waiting for the pods to open. This experience taught us about patience, mystery, and for me, learning to embrace the darkness – the place where ideas are conceived and grow, much like the seeds in the pod.

The Walk is a sculptural artist book that encourages us to pause and reflect. Close-up images of the milkweed pod are coupled with two narratives – one my own, and the other a diary excerpt of 19th century Swiss philosopher Henri Frédéric Amiel."

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