Deeply Game Publications ~California
(Sara Press)

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Sara Press: "My book projects have differed outwardly from one another, but share a common goal: to parse human behavior, particularly in our relationship with the natural world. Our response as a species and as individuals to the raw substance of nature – whether we are breeding dogs to suit specific needs, evolving our brains, or trying to cheat death – has provided me with rich material to mine for my work. The book form has allowed me to imbue my projects with conceptual and intellectual depth at the same time as I indulge my love of fine craftsmanship and beauty."v
Evolve = unroll
By Sara Press
[Sebastopol, California]: Deeply Game Publications, 2012. Edition of 42.

l x 3 x 2.5" egg- shaped container with 24" shaped scroll ranging from .5 to 2" in width. Coiled, blind embossed, and letterpress-printed scroll. Rives lightweight paper. Laid inside snake egg felted by Laurie Whitehill Chong. Green thread and green yarn wrapped around egg. Numbered on tail.

Sara Press: "In Evolve = Unroll, I present and consider an idea that is currently under consideration in the anthropology community. Snake Detection Theory proposes that we humans might have developed our stereoscopic vision and complex brain structure as a result of our co-evolution with venomous snakes. People tend to notice snake-like forms first in a cluttered visual field, and often have a strong reaction when they do; therefore a viewer’s own visceral response (or lack thereof) to my bookform itself might inform whether one agrees with the theory described within it, or not. The text is letter-press printed on a modified scroll in the shape of a snake, blind-embossed on the back with an image of a snake, and curled inside a felt egg with red blood vessels inside (made for the project by Laurie Whitehill-Chong). The book perfectly embodies my strong belief that a book’s form should reflect its content.

"The project was inspired by my irrational fear of a ball python that was kept in my home for some years by a relative – a phobia I have since learned is by far the most common one, shared by a third of adult humans. In researching ophidiophobia, I stumbled upon the writings of Lynne A. Isbell and other anthropologists investigating Snake Detection Theory, and was captivated by the idea that our bodies and minds might have been so profoundly shaped by an 'evolutionary arms race' with another creature."


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The Shepherdess and the Chimney-Sweep
Story by Christina Lauritsen
Images and book design by Andy Rottner and Sara Press
[Minneapolis, Minnesota]: Deeply Game Productions/ Super Classy Publishing, 2012. Edition of 55.

6.75 x 8.75"; 52 pages includes two foldouts extending to 26". Codex bound. Letterpressed on to giclée backgrounds, which are digitally printed on Epson 3880. Fonts: Garamon and Bembo; Title: Watson. Paper: Moab Entrada. Photos depict pages from The Complete Anderson (NY: Heritage Press, 1949); and The Book of Fables and Folk Stories by Horace E. Scudder (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1919). Line images drawn by Andrew Rottner. Bound in cut-marbled-paper and brocade-covered boards with paper title on spine.

Sara Press: "Andrew Rottner collaborated on this tribute to printing’s golden age. The story, by Christina Lauritsen, misremembers H.C. Andersen’s classic tale of the same name as a story of revelation and madness. The visual progression of the book mirrors the plot, pitting the beauty of the decorative arts against the intense and unpredictable messiness of human experience. This book confronts the inevitability of loss as well as bows to intellectual freedom and its attendant risks."

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Twenty Short Poems by Zoologists
By Sara Press
Minneapolis, Minnesota: Deeply Game Publications, 2005. Edition of 100.

4.5 x 6"; 34 leaves. Codex bound. Letterpress printed. Fonts: Tiepolo and Dalliance. Cloth covered boards paper title label inset on front cover.

Sara Press: "A small, full-cloth-bound letterpress book, of found "poems," which I have discovered over the years in field guides and zoology textbooks. These excerpts of unintentionally poetic language are delicious both linguistically and in the unbelievable-yet-true bizarreness of the creatures described. The volume celebrates the poesy and affection inherent in the supposedly objective scientific eye, and contains 4 letterpress illustrations of the hands and feet of different species of primates."

Text taken from Zoology - a Guide to the Animal Kingdom by Burnett-Fisher-Zim, Collins Gem Guide to Wild Animals by John A. Burton, Creatures of the Mangrove and Lions of the African Night by National Geographic, The Life of Vertebrates by J. Z. Young, and other zoology texts from the twentieth century (references now lost).

Molluscs are a diverse group
of over 45,000 species -
some beautiful,
some economically important
and some decidedly bizarre.


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