Scantron Press ~ Oregon
(Diane Jacobs)

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Diane Jacobs: " I contextualize my work by using word puns, text with dual meaning, and derogatory language as a catalyst to reveal old and new ways of thinking. I am fascinated by the allure of shadows and the interplay between illusion and heightened consciousness. In much of my work I use reflective materials to alter perception, scrutinize information, and bring the viewer into the dialog. "I merge life and art into one continuum. To come to any conclusion, the viewer must investigate her or his own relationship to the given topic."

By Diane Jacobs
Portland, Oregon: Scantron Press, 2017. Edition of 28 + 3 AP.

12.75" x 8.625"; 30 pages. India ink drawings letterpress printed from polymer plates. Text printed from handset metal and wood type. Papers: Biblio, Gampi-shi, Shiramire, Mitsumata, handmade cotton paper, handmade abaca paper. Map folio and dedication moon hand-dyed using onion skins. Paper processes: pulp painting, handmade cotton paper molded over hand-carved clay disks, onion-skin dyed paper (yellow-brown), laser cutting. Five signatures sewn on vellum tapes. Bound in St. Armand paper. Circular opening on front cover ringed with 23K gold-leaf crescent moon. Signed and numbered on the colophon by the artist.

Diane Jacobs: "AMAZONS is an artist’s book that celebrates women’s power by imagining the lives of legendary warrior women. In a world where violence against women is rampant and misogynist ideologies govern, I found solace in Adrienne Mayor’s The Amazons: Lives & Legends of Warrior Women Across the Ancient World. The written and visual material in the book was inspired by and derived from Adrienne’s dedicated research.

"[There are] ten India ink drawings of Amazons, as well as drawings based on tattoo imagery, … Each book opens with a unique pulp painting of a burial mound, clouds, and carved moon cast in handmade paper, and features a three-color pop up map depicting the names of these nomadic peoples and the regions where they roamed."

"Three percent of the proceeds from the book will be donated to Planned Parenthood, with another three percent going to Honor the Earth to support the warriors fighting for Native environmental justice, sovereignty self-determination, and the preservation of Mother Earth."

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Alphabet Tricks
By Diane Jacobs
Portland, Oregon: Scantron Press, 2000. Edition of 120.

3.5 x 3.5"; 15 leaves. Structure is accordion-like with 15 double sided pocket pages. The text was hand-set in Weiss Roman, Weiss Italic, and wooden type and letterpress printed on Stonehenge paper. The images were silk-screened at the Women's Studio Workshop on Kozo paper. The slip cases were silk-screened by Thomas Wojak at W.O.R.K.S. and constructed by John DeMerritt. Diane Jacobs set and printed the text, created the artwork and constructed the books.

Alphabet Tricks situates itself and women in that ambivalent space between a word's connotation and denotation, revealing society's contradiction between desire for and condemnation of feminine sexuality. The book unfurls accordion-like; each panel is home to a word and its corresponding definitions. The definitions are complex creations, hovering between the so-called neutrality of the dictionary's opinion and the loaded, derogatory use which circulates throughout our culture. Reading Alphabet Tricks, the reader finds herself in that ambivalent place where assumed objectivity is exposed as already tainted by the mores of society.

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