Mary Ellen Long ~ Colorado

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Artist Statement: "My direct relationship with the land is celebrated in my book art. I perform my own personal rituals in my forest habitat in Colorado such as burying paper or whole books under winter snows, creating art forms that empathize with the cycles of the earth, or telling stories of event and history which grows from my need to connect with a primal consciousness — that respects and coexists with the natural environment.

"My book art has become a way to personalize the enormous impersonality of this land's dynamic, freezing in time the flow of natural transitions and patterns around me - a way to translate the spirit of this small portion of the earth's landscape."

   
Encyclopedia IV
By Mary Ellen Long
Durango, Colorado: Mary Ellen Long, 2006. One-of-a-Kind.

5.5 x 15 x 10" altered book. Sumi-painted. Handmade paper. Paper-wrapped sphere (3.5" diameter) with text collage. Signed and dated by the artist.

Mary Ellen Long: "An antique encyclopedia is encased in stained abaca fiber. The sphere is wrapped in handmade paper with text in the split word. This blank book is my comment on censorship and the demise of the book. The ball is slowly closing in on words originally in book form."
$500

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Imagining Japan
By Mary Ellen Long
Durango, Colorado: Mary Ellen Long, 2005. One-of-a-Kind.

4.25 x 6.25 x 1" closed, opens to 28". Materials: imported papers, ribbon, wooden comb, hair. Collage. Housed in 2.75 x 7 x 5.75" lacquered box. Signed and dated by the artist.

Mary Ellen Long: "The antique lacquered box and a cutting from my Japanese friend's hair inspired this bookwork. The book is accordion style and is informed by my mother's trip to Japan in the early 1900's and my wish to travel there."

In 2008 the artist was able to travel to Japan and fulfill her dream of travel and to follow her mother's journey.
$1,000


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Language Bound
By Mary Ellen Long
Durango, Colorado: Mary Ellen Long , 2008. One-of-a-Kind.

Box 7.75 x 5.5 x 2.5" containing 7 books. Each book 3 x 5.5" with tied pages of flax paper and found Japanese text pages. Ink jet printed. Each book signed, dated, and titled with language represented. Hinged box contained collaged with a variety of written calligraphy - interior and exterior. Round stone with calligraphy attached to black ribbon wrapped around box.

Mary Ellen Long: "This artists' bookwork evolved from the finding of fragmented, weathered, and polished cardboards that suggested discarded book covers. Fax and Japanese papers, scorched with markings inspired by the calligraphic beauty of the world's written languages were gathered and bound into small books wrapped with twine. These books are named with the particular language that informed the markings - Runes, Arabic, Tibetan, Sarada, Phoenician, Katanga, and Chinese. I think of these tied pages as metaphors for language that protects privacies, mysteries, and secret meanings."
(SOLD)


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Peace
By Mary Ellen Long
Durango, Colorado: Mary Ellen Long , 2005. One-of-a-Kind.

8 x 8 x 1.5"; 12 leaves. Materials: Nepal mango and Lokta papers; waxed linen thread. Sanded and inked. Bound in paper-covered Davey board. Coptic binding. Laid in wooded box with paper hinged lid. Contained in drawstring cloth pouch.

Mary Ellen Long: "This book was conceived after my research on peace signs for another project. I became fascinated with the variety of forms and arabesque shapes for symbols of peace throughout world cultures. For many years I have been collecting sands from around the world. It seemed appropriate to use these sands in the drawing of the selected symbols of peace."

Also contains a handwritten poem by Grace Cavalieri.

Peace was included in 500 Handmade Books produced by Lark Books.
(SOLD)

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Winter Pressing 2007-08
By Mary Ellen Long
Durango, Colorado: Mary Ellen Long , 2008. One-of-a-Kind.

12 x 4.5 x 1.75"; 10 leaves. Cream and brown handmade paper with moss, bark, quills, and pine needles. Bound in paper wraps with sewn binding. House in wooden box with slide panel opening. Pine needle patterned etched into lid and green papers collaged to sides. Signed and dated on bottom of container.

Mary Ellen Long: "Each year I bury paper under winter snow and harvest the results in the spring on my land. In the winter of 2007-08, the paper pages in this artists' book were placed on the ground on December 1, 2007 and harvested on April 1, 2008. The pages documented 102" of snowfall at the forest site in Edgemont, northeast of Durango. The artists' book, created with these pages, holds elements gathered at this forest site and bound to the pages."
(SOLD)


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Dissertatio
By Mary Ellen Long
Durango, Colorado: Mary Ellen Long, 2007.One-of-a-Kind.

10.75 x 5 x 2.5" hinged antique red velvet box with 21 miniature books attached to the box's interior base. Recycled found text pages. Signed and dated by artist on bottom of container.

Mary Ellen Long: "This book work began with the discovery of the unique and antique red velvet box which spoke to me about antiquity and history. The 21 small books made from weathered book pages, seemed to fit and feel comfortable with the safety of the box. Secrets within the Greek and Latin script add to the mystery of the intimate books.

"This piece continues my interest in the box and gatherings within as a way to imbue an experience of connection and memory."
(SOLD)


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