Admeasure

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[2011]
Ray, Michelle (Book artist)

Artist's statement: "The act of naming things creates a sense of relative safety at sea. Like the pilot's verse that guided sailors through dangerous shoals, Admeasure is about gaining a false sense of control through signifiers and ritual that guide one through a world that is largely uncontrollable. This book explores the dialectic tension between the dangerous unknown and measure, rules and tradition. While at sea, measurements, maritime law, navigation aids and other modes of dominance through organization are easily lost to the forces of nature and the psychology of a journey. The content of Admeasure draws from a variety of archetypal journeys including Samuel Taylor Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Homer's Odyssey, Bas Jan Ader's In Search of the Miraculous and my own time spent in small boats"--Http://michellerayart.com/artwork/1995250_Admeasure.html (as viewed on 11/03/2011).

Partial accordion book. Text and images printed from photopolymer plates and linoleum blocks on handmade and Somerset Book papers. Includes one silhouette cut-out. Hand-sewn to an illustrated paper cover with fold over insertable flap for closing.Text on flap reveals alternative title.
"The pilot verse contained in this song is entitled Wadham's Song. It dates from 1756 and is sung to the tune of I'll Tell Me Ma. During its time it was considered to be one of the most reliable guides to navigating Newfoundland's coastal waters ... Admeasure is set in Centaur and Della Robbia typefaces. This edition was printed from photopolymer plates and linoleum blocks on Somerset Book and handmade paper. Design, printing, handmade paper and binding by Michelle Ray in Tuscaloosa, AL, 2011"--Colophon.

Title

Admeasure

Publisher

Ray, Michelle (Book artist)

Date

[2011]

Description

Artist's statement: "The act of naming things creates a sense of relative safety at sea. Like the pilot's verse that guided sailors through dangerous shoals, Admeasure is about gaining a false sense of control through signifiers and ritual that guide one through a world that is largely uncontrollable. This book explores the dialectic tension between the dangerous unknown and measure, rules and tradition. While at sea, measurements, maritime law, navigation aids and other modes of dominance through organization are easily lost to the forces of nature and the psychology of a journey. The content of Admeasure draws from a variety of archetypal journeys including Samuel Taylor Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Homer's Odyssey, Bas Jan Ader's In Search of the Miraculous and my own time spent in small boats"--Http://michellerayart.com/artwork/1995250_Admeasure.html (as viewed on 11/03/2011).

Partial accordion book. Text and images printed from photopolymer plates and linoleum blocks on handmade and Somerset Book papers. Includes one silhouette cut-out. Hand-sewn to an illustrated paper cover with fold over insertable flap for closing.Text on flap reveals alternative title.
"The pilot verse contained in this song is entitled Wadham's Song. It dates from 1756 and is sung to the tune of I'll Tell Me Ma. During its time it was considered to be one of the most reliable guides to navigating Newfoundland's coastal waters ... Admeasure is set in Centaur and Della Robbia typefaces. This edition was printed from photopolymer plates and linoleum blocks on Somerset Book and handmade paper. Design, printing, handmade paper and binding by Michelle Ray in Tuscaloosa, AL, 2011"--Colophon.

Rights

Courtesy of the artist

Format

Artists' books--Alabama
Cutouts
Linocuts (prints)

Source

Vanderbilt University Special Collections, Southern Civilization Collection

Files

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Citation

Ray, Michelle (Book artist), “Admeasure,” Gallery, accessed December 7, 2019, https://gallery.library.vanderbilt.edu/items/show/1260.