Art Project: Elements:
a love letter to all things everywhere
Elements: A Love Letter to the Stuff of the World
ISBN: 978 0 9889166 1 6
Sewn, softcover binding
Edition of 1000
8.5 x 6.5 x 1.6"
Uncoated cream colored, 120 GSM paper, offset print.
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This book includes two sets of drawings - 93+ each - paired with an intimate, sensual collection of the tangible, knowable stuff of each naturally occurring element of the periodic table. It is a reference book and introduction to the first hand experience of the elements, as well as a book of drawings, and it's about our inseparability with everything.
This book is for poets living with scientists, engineers married to scientists, right brains transitioning to left brains and vice versa. There are many entry points to the wealth of information in this book: the color, the lists, the artwork, the introduction or the overview. The graphic art in the book will appeal to a teenager, the practical and near comprehensive information will round out your reference section (to all things everywhere), it's grock-able by a 7 year old, and has many layers of depth from the practical to the mystical, praised by atheists as a beautiful way into the numinous, and those with a spiritual bent that's grounded and practical at the same time. There's an index that allows you to reverse a query into an element, and look instead at an object (what elements are in an orange?), and the bibliography at the back is included to assist educators and parents, and those wanting to go further into the science.
Discovering the collective knowledge and tangibility of the elements opens up a basic dimension of the world, body and being alive. As I explored I kept thinking, 'Where have I been this whole time?!?! How have I missed this?!'
From other people's research and common sources, I've gathered phrases about each element that relate to the senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, and where the element shows up in 'stuff' and in physical places, how it interacts with air, water and fire.
I have avoided referencing mathematical and molecular formulas, references to science bigwigs, or special equipment....in a sense, un-siloing this information from Science, to yours.
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Below is a film of a slideshow I gave at Nerd Nite in Ann Arbor on the process of making this book. It's about 20 minutes, and has an audio track. Enjoy!