By Beth Sheehan
Beth Sheehan, 2017. Edition of 40.
6 x 5" closed, extends to 9.5". Tunnel book structure. Screen printing using a reduction printing process. Paper cutting. Signed and numbered by the artist.
Beth Sheehan: "'Reliquary' explores the idealization of memory, particularly exploring the way memory evolves over time. When someone passes, loved ones seek to keep their memory alive to honor that person. Gravestones act as a monument of memory that spans multiples lifetimes, but after a short time, those who remember the deceased will have also passed. Creating this artist's book is my connection and tribute to the lost memories.
"This tunnel book stemmed from a workshop I took with Maria Pisano at the Center for Book Arts in New York, NY. … During my time as a resident at the Newark Print Shop in Newark, NJ, I finalized the design for the book, screen printed all of the layers, hand cut each page and assembled the books. Due to the nature of so much hand-work, each copy is slightly varied."