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Ellen Sollod ~ Washington
(Grey Zone Press)

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Artist Statement: "Ellen Sollod is an interdisciplinary artist based in the Pacific Northwest. Her practice includes large scale, site-specific public art, multimedia temporary installations, artist books, photography, photo-based works, and occasional sound and video projects. Her work is deeply embedded in research and experimentation. Diverse in form and subject matter, much of her studio-based work weaves the personal with the political, while her site-based works explore the psychological intersection of landscape and memory. "

The Book of Small Regrets
all your woes in one place

By T. Ellen Sollod
Seattle, Washington: Grey Zone Press, 2022. Edition of 50 + APs.

6.25 x 5.25"; 136 french-fold pages. Digitally printed on Mohawk Superfine by Girlie Press. Includes hand drawn and water color images, photographs and text. Free end page and paste done with “small regrets” printed in multiple lines in white over blue paper. Hard case bound in black linen with a metallic foil stamp on the front cover and spine. Binding by Phil's Custom Bindery. Illustrations, photography, writing and design by T. Ellen Sollod. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Book statement: "The Book of Small Regrets was conceived in response to the forced isolation of COVID when even small missteps could seem catastrophic. As an antidote, Ellen decided to create this artist book to help vanquish these little black clouds that immediately overwhelm, then linger and fade, only to be replaced by another when one least expects it.

“Like getting over anything, admitting your regrets is the first step to recovery. Naturally, Ellen wanted others to be able to be rid of theirs too. So, she reached out through Instagram and Mail Chimp to over 400 people, asking them to contribute their own small regrets (to be presented anonymously) as a way to ‘unburden themselves’ as part of the generative process of making the work. Later she solicited impulse purchases made and comfort foods eaten during the pandemic.

“The responses served as prompts for Ellen’s watercolor paintings, photographs and text, embracing irony, humor and generosity. Neither a literary work nor a graphic novel, it is a sequential visual experience, creating an empathetic and heartfelt journey through these small difficulties we all encounter.”

Ellen Sollod, Introduction, Disclaimer: “This book deals exclusively with the concept of small regrets. Big regrets stemming from large offenses such as participating in an insurrection, embezzling funds or cheating on one’s spouse are beyond the scope of this book. This book offers no magic cures or get-rich-quick schemes. Just the comfort of knowing you are not alone in your own small regrets. It is the spirit of ‘misery loves company; that I share this with you.”

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Brush Creek Chronicles
By Ellen Sollod
Seattle, Washington: Ellen Sollod, 2020. One-of-a-Kind.

4 volumes bound in paper or cloth contained in a handmade slipcase bound in paper. Images printed digitally on Arches Museum Rag. Slip Case: 5.25"h x3.25"w x 4"d. Each book extends to 4.875"h x 20.5". Each signed and dated.

Ellen Sollod: "A series of small accordion books document my time as artist-in-residence at the Brush Creek Arts Foundation. Over the course of three weeks, I captured the essence and character of this remote landscape. I created the pinhole photographs using an antique Graphlex 22 medium-format film holder and a Zero image camera."

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Source Code
By Ellen Sollod
Seattle, Washington: Grey Zone Press, 2019. One-of-a-Kind.

5.5"h x 5.5"w x 1"d closed; 5.5" x 154" open. Accordion-fold structure. Printed on Hahnemuhle Rice Paper Fine Art Rice Paper. Laid in cloth covered clamshell box with image tipped on. Colophon separate sheet laid in. Signed by the artist.

Ellen Sollod: "This book was created with photographs taken at Brush Creek Artist Residency. Using the fractal forms of nature as building blocks, the photographs are derived from the idea that the alphabet is the source code for all romance languages."

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State of the Nation
By Ellen Sollod
Seattle, Washington: Ellen Sollod, 2019. One-of-a-Kind.

12.5" x 9.5" x .75" closed,12.5" x 19" open. Altered book: "Hammond New Supreme World Atlas" published by Garden City Books, 1953. Signed and dated by the artist.

Ellen Sollod: "All the states in the union featured in the atlas are torn and rearranged to call attention to the fractured state of the nation in 2019. Black and white photographs of particular sites, previously in the index, have been collaged into the body of the book. It is a call-to-action to knit our country together."

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The Autocrat's Playbook
By Ellen Sollod
Seattle, Washington: Ellen Sollod, 2018. Limited Edition.

5.5"h x 4" w. 36 pages. Cover: Letterpress on Stonehenge Pale Blue. Interior: digital printing on Classic Crest Natural. Card: silkscreen and watercolor on Strathmore Mixed Media Heavyweight.

Ellen Sollod: "As Ellen watched our democracy under attack from within, she believed it was necessary to take every action that she could as an artist to foster and protect our democracy. She wanted to ring the “5-Alarm fire bell.” Inspired by Timothy Snyder’s On Tyranny and Road to Unfreedom, Ellen began The Autocrat’s Playbook in early spring 2018 and delivered it to the target audience’s hands prior to the November 2018 mid-term Congressional Election."

The Autocrat’s Playbook concisely describes the steps autocrats traditionally take to achieve their dictatorial aims. It was a call to action in response to the very real jeopardy that the U.S. democracy faces under the Trump Administration. The pocket-sized pamphlet references both a coach’s football play book and a pocket Constitution. The Autocrat’s Playing Card tucked in the back references both the Joker in a common deck of cards as well as the collecting of both football and baseball cards.

Each book was accompanied by a personal letter, explaining why each person was selected to receive it, along with a list of other recipients.

Following the tradition of the Mail Art movement of the 1960’s and 70’s, Ellen elected to take control of getting the art to her intended audience, rather than waiting or hoping for the audience to come to the art. She relied on friends-of-friends and the US Postal Service, for the completion of delivery. She received personal responses by letter or email from nearly one-third of the recipients. One copy is in the permanent collection of the University of Washington Suzallo Library Special Collections.

The work was exhibited at Atlas Arts in Seattle in November 2018 as the mid-terms elections unfolded. Democrats retook the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. The threat to our democracy continues today.
(SOLD/Out of Print)

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Field Study: Ice Crystals of Antarctica
By Ellen Sollod
Seattle, Washington: Grey Zone Press, 2020. Edition of 2 variants.

Closed: 8.25" x 6.75". Book cover is cyanotype on Canson Montval with a brad closure. Individual cyanotypes are printed on Canson XL Aquarelle. Composition book is bond and newsprint, digitally printed. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Ellen Sollod: "This nontraditional artist book was inspired by the research of Steve Warren and Von Walden who photographed ice crystals through a microscope over a three-month period in the early 1990s. Professor Steven Neshyba at the University of Puget Sound (UPS) introduced me to their work while we were working on a collaborative project for the “Science Stories” exhibition at Collins Library. I was immediately fascinated by the beauty and mystery of these source images and, with the scientists’ permission, endeavored to translate them to cyanotypes. I chose this medium because of its ephemeral nature which seemed in keeping with the depiction of such fleeting elements as ice crystals.

“The book consists of 14-double sided folios contained in handmade glassine sleeves (a reference to how laboratory slides were stored) and a “composition” book that contains both my commentary and field notes of the scientists, along with an abstract describing the study."

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