Ann P. Lewis ~ Massachusetts

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Statement: " I make mixed media books. I also paint with a variety of materials: encaustic, gouache and ink. In addition to visual arts, I write prose. My art tends toward the poetic and my writing is visual. Mostly this marriage of mediums is a happy one..”
To-go Library
By Ann P. Lewis
Westhampton, Massachusetts: 2014, Ann P. Lewis. One-of-a-Kind.

8.5 x 6.5 x 5.5" found metal filebox with hinged lid housing 25 books. Paper title label on front side slipped into metal id holder. Table of contents tipped to underside of lid. Books divided by ABC file tab cards. Each book signed and dated by the artist.

Ann Lewis: "Alphabetically organized, each book loosely referring to the given letter in the sequence. The cumulative result is a catalog of daily reflections and visual/textual puns. I am using a simple book structure that is readily available to anyone with a sheet of paper and a sharp X-Acto blade. I relish this non-fussy, accessible approach to bookmaking.

To-go' refers to this accessible and portable nature of small, tactile, intriguing books. Each file letter corresponds to a hidden foldbook with a loose reference to the letter. For instance: A = 'Aerial View of Landscape or Artisanal Cracker?', B = 'Feeling Blue?', C = 'Color', D = 'You Are Such a Drip.'

"The collection is housed in a file box that one could conceivably tote anywhere, thereby making book arts more accessible, rather than being squirreled away in a vault or the far reaches of the library. Many people (a class of students) could look at the quirky little collection at one time. The actual book form is also accessible and would hopefully inspire others to make something unique or a sheet of 8½ x 11 paper."


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Winter Under Wraps
By Ann Lewis
Westhampton, Massachusetts: Ann P. Lewis, 1997. One-of-a-Kind.

2 x 2"; 10 specimens; 8 text leaves. Miniature. Materials: sweater pocket, shoelace, cardboard, wax, died plants, slide mounts. Signed and page numbered on back of each slide. Stack of slides and text pages slipped in three sided pocket. Tie closure of shoestring and button. Signed and dated by the artist.

Ann Lewis: "Looking for signs of life in a deep Vermont winter after having lived in temperate California for ten years. The artwork is meant to evoke museum or laboratory specimens, the text pages slushy turf.

Winter Under Wraps should be untied and the pages viewed sequentially (image followed by text). Each page is numbered on the back should they fall out of order."

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