Pamela Zwehl-Burke ~ California

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Behind the Mind
By Pamela Zwehl-Burke
Santa Barbara, California: Pamela Zwehl-Burke, 2010. Edition of 7.

10 x 13"; 25 pages. Laminated printed collage. Spiral bound at four edges with 4 whole and 4 double-sided half pages.

Pamela Zwehl-Burke: "Layers of lush visual flow give way to the narrow outline of a separate self – temporarily separate from a clear sky."


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Lost and Found
By Pamela Zwehl-Burke
Santa Barbara, California: Pamela Zwehl-Burke, 2008. One-of-a-Kind. Unsigned.

5 x 8"; 18 pages. Double-sided accordion structure. Collage using excerpted printed illustrations from Gray's Anatomy and advice from the Dalai Lama.
Bound with thread and decorated with beads.

Pamela Zwehl-Burke: "This book is based upon body metaphors for self-doubt and advice from His Holiness the Dalai Lama."

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Intelligent Design: Made in Nature/Made by Hand
Volumes I and II

By Pamela Zwehl-Burke
Santa Barbara, California: Pamela Zwehl-Burke, 2008. Edition of 5.

5 x 5"; Volume I: 19 pages; Volume II: 21 pages. Accordion structure. Digital prints of Prismacolor drawings. Bound with cloth-covered boards.

Drawings of pairs of objects - one natural-made and one human-made.


Everywhere I look I see Beauty
Art imitates Life?
Form Follows Function?
When we think we create,
Do we simply discover?
Thanks to the Air, Earth, Sky, and Fire
Which Form the Artifacts we Love.

Pamela Zwehl-Burke: "Pairs means to tease at the putative split between discovery and invention. Creationists maintain that a Power invented stuff for us to discover (nothing human-made could be as glorious, complex, aesthetically thrilling as that which, um, 'Nature' made). My father posited a 'Great Engineer' (he was himself an engineer, godlike in inventing and problem-solving); I mark a legacy, that which shapes us IS us. Structure, Surface, Function – splendid or mediocre, both 'sources' – human and natural, combining to make and perceive. Most particularly, though, I cherish the narrative that juxtaposition evokes: rose/birthday cake candle; mouseskull/silver locker, jinglebell/sea stone."

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In Tents (Big Top)
By Pamela Zwehl-Burke
Santa Ynez, California: Pamela Zwehl-Burke, 2001. Edition of 12.

11.75 x 15"; 10 pages. Reversefold in Arches Cover. 11 solar etchings, 3 in 4-plate color, one of which appears on the front cover. 6 x 1" cast iron bookmark with color enameled performers and animals. Text appears on a free-floating section of clear mylar (6 x 6.5") that is attached by a 14" ribbon to the spine so it can be inserted at any page .

Pamela Zwehl-Burke: "Text is a poem ... imitating the sounds of the circus with an enabled cast iron 'bookmark' which completes the piece. Being a collection of images following a performance of the Carson and Barnes Oklahoma 5-Ring Circus, which has toured big cities and small towns of North America for almost 60 years. Each year mounting over 250 one-day stands.

"I was struck by the improbable life of the independent traveling circus which came to my small town, and wanted to champion their energy and determination. In contradistinction to other animal rights people who think that circuses harm animals I believe they give children and adults a chance to meet and love animals they otherwise don't get to know up close and personal. Zoos and circuses can start in their patrons that connection, which grows into an awareness of our responsibility towards species other than our own. Human circus performers are awe-inspiring athletes, who lift our expectations of human skill and strength. Sadly, within a year of my having finished this book, the circus closed, victim of government restrictions, financial instability, high costs with dwindling audiences."

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ORDER in the DRAWer
By Pamela Zwehl-Burke
Santa Ynez, California: Pamela Zwehl-Burke, 1989. Edition of 100.

6.25 x 4"; 28 pages. Lithograph. Spiral bound. Front cover soft and back cover cardboard.

Pamela Zwehl-Burke: "Some artists' books imitate other books. This one imitates a sketchbook. It's actually a series of lithographs and etchings on cardboard and heavy paper. It purports to be sort of what turns out to be the story of my life which is that almost everything is interesting once looked at carefully. So whatever is available in the visual field gets documented or studied or appreciated.

"[For example] I was interested in this figure from pre-Columbian Middle America. The warrior who lived inside the skin of the person he defeated. It looked as if he poked through the skin and head of the person he defeated. It looked like something coming out of the shell of a nut. So it was a wonderful opportunity to look at both the pistachio and some photographs and drawings of treasure....

"These are bits and pieces of the life I was living and there's no more reason to have drawn them than that I was interested in them and no more reason to put them in a book than it seemed a good collecting mechanism...."

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Counting in Spanish
By Pamela Zwehl-Burke
Santa Ynez, California: Pamela Zwehl-Burke, (n.d.). Edition of 10.

5 x 4" closed, extends to 38"; 10 pages. Vertical concertina. Snapshots, enhanced with sand and gold leaf, enclosed in clear plastic accordion folder.

Pamela Zwehl-Burke: "On a trip to Maneadero, on the coast of Mexico just past tourist country, the sea tossed groups of objects on the glittering sand, often as if in numbered sets for teaching. I'm still learning, as I have dear friends and a son-in-law and a daughter-in-law whose first language is Spanish."
$100 (Last two copies)


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Books by Pamela Zwehl-Book with love as the subject.

Love Changes
By Pamela Zwehl-Burke
Santa Ynez, California: 1998 / 2007. Edition of 15.

3.25 x 3.25"; 8 pages. Accordion structure. Zinc etchings and collographs. Paper illustrated boards. Thread closure on each side of boards.

Original printing published in 1998 in an edition of 15. This second issue published in 2007 in an edition of 15.

Pamela Zwehl-Burke: "A meditation on steadiness and transience in long term relationships."

Love seems to start easy
      wasn't it, easy? WOW nothing simpler


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By Pamela Zwehl-Burke
Santa Ynez, California: Pamela Zwehl-Burke, 1999. Edition of 15.

5.75 x 4.25" closed; 16 pages. Vertical concertina of solar etchings. Red paper-covered front board; black paper-covered back board.

Pamela Zwehl-Burke: "Images which, like Where's Waldo? game, include the shape of a heart: geese, land- and landscape, portraits, still lifes, etc."



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These books have nature as the subject – plants, trees, birds, sheep.

By Pamela Zwehl-Burke
Santa Ynez, California: Pamela Zwehl-Burke, 2003. Edition of 15.

6 x 5.5" closed; 28 pages. Horizontal accordion structure. 26 zinc etchings.

Pamela Zwehl-Burke: "Etchings record the cycle of the rose providing images of the frowsy 'blown' beauty and the unpetalled rosehip to complement the more conventional bud and bloom....

"This is in some ways a typical artist book in that it is without a text and it means to tell a story by a movement through a series or sequence of images..It means to be a meditation on aging.

"We tend to love roses when they are in their premature state. We are usually less interested in them as they begin to loosen and begin to lose their profile, as it were. Which is kind of true of other things in our world especially women moving from nubile to mature and post-mature. But the drawing of them is an extraordinary pleasure. Careful attention to them is enormously rewarding because there is beauty in the change of form that we ought probably to pay more attention rather than less attention."

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In Good Order
By Pamela Zwehl-Burke
Santa Barbara, California: Pamela Zwehl-Burke, 1995. Edition of 10.

13.5 x 10.5"; 12 leaves. Images printed, scraped, drawn, and re-printed from a single zinc plate. Etching on front cover.

A series of 12 etchings showing birds making, feathering, inhabiting, and then abandoning their nest.

Pamela Zwehl-Burke: "I love the challenge of working one plate through a series of images — all those pages are printed from the same zinc plate, covered in hardground, drawn, etched, wiped, printed (in as many copies as will ever exist), scraped, covered, drawn, etched, wiped, printed — through the whole sequence. I was suffering at the time as my beloved daughters moved into young adulthood, and I felt that (in Buddhism clearly articulated) truth: the only constant is change. Also, the fact that the images disappear forever felt right — the beloved children are cherished, protected, encouraged, and then GONE, hopefully into a familiar cycle of bearing and nurturing and letting go. But there's a definite bleakness in the nest's uselessness, and the temperature of the world seems to drop, as loved ones scatter."

$850 standard (Two copies remaining)
$1000 in a wooden box

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Down Under
By Pamela Zwehl-Burke
Santa Barbara, California: Pamela Zwehl-Burke, 1991. Edition of 10.

8 x 11.25"; 10 pages. Laminated drawings. A pair of laminated sheets spiral bound with plastic spiral at fore-edge.

Pamela Zwehl-Burke: "I made ten or twelve drawings about roots and tangles and organic mysteries, which connected at the edges, following on a four-print series about learning to swim, which showed a woman's swimsuited body under the water ending at the surface of the water, not showing her head. It became clear to me that the dense tangles and potent growth and interactions, treasures and dangers were standing in for the Unconscious, and I used the same image for a very small high-edition scroll (for the International Society of Copier Artists) called 'Ah, Consciousness.' .... The idea of hyperdensity and complexity seemed to work even better when the drawings were photocopied onto plastic and bound to overlap."
$500 (Three remaining copies)


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By Pamela Zwehl-Burke
Santa Ynez, California: Pamela Zwehl-Burke, 1991. Edition of 5.

8 x 11.25"; 11 pages. Horizontal concertina. 11 zinc etchings, printed, scraped, drawn, and printed from a single plate. Collagraph illustrated cover. Housed in plexiglass slipcase that sits in a detachable plexiglas stand.

Etchings — flowers and vegetation — suggest the teem of interconnected life.

Pamela Zwehl-Burke: "From one zinc plate, drawn, etched, printed, burnished and drawn again, a sequence describing the cycle, the interdependence of the rose and the compost (garbage). I study Buddhism daily; I was deeply moved by Thich Naht Hanh's use of the term 'interbeing,' used to explain the continual interface among all things. In this case, the stuff that supports and becomes what we so prize comes from and becomes the humble, nourishing, ground of being. The back cover is a direct print from inked stems and thorns and rose leaves."

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The Sheepfold
By Pamela Zwehl-Burke
Los Angeles, California: Pamela Zwehl-Burke, 1982. Edition of 150.

6 x 4.25"; 18 pages including pastedowns. Vertical fanfold book with 16 sheep images printed by offset lithography. Illustrated cloth hardcover.

Offset edition of an original linoleum block book of 16 graphite drawings portraying sheep. Judith Hoffberg, (Umbrella, May 1982), cited the images: "sheep that have personality, pathos and genuine character."

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