By Ginger Burrell
San Jose, California: Midnight Moon Press, 2013. Edition of 100.
5 x 13.5"; 12 pages. Accordion structure. Archival inkjet printing on Rives BFK. Fonts are Myriad Pro and Pristina. Original portraits by the artist. Bound in paper covered boards. Signed and numbered by the artist.
Colophon: "Sandy Hook memorializes the 20 children and 6 staff members killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut, on 12/14/12. All profits will be donated to the United Way fund set up to serve the community's needs."
Ginger Burrell: "When the shooting happened I felt compelled to do something. Perhaps it is my 15 years as a pre-school director, perhaps it is the thought of my nieces and nephews who trustingly go off to school every day. Certainly it was because of our short social memory and the way important events fade quickly after they are no longer in the headlines.
"After thinking about how to represent the children and school staff who were killed, I settled on the idea of using teddy bears for the children and apples for the adults.
"After spending several days purchasing individual bears and apples, I began taking the school portraits. It got harder and harder as I worked on the book and taking the group photo left me in tears. I can't help but think of all the group photos those children will never be in: graduation, weddings, and countless family portraits. The photos are laid out in yearbook style and feature the name, birth dates and death dates for each person killed."