Reliquary
2015, letterpress, archival inkjet prints, and collage on Japanese and German papers, hand-bound in Japanese paper, buckram covered clamshell box
Edition of five (four bound, one unbound) and an artist's proof
12 1/4" x 12 1/4" x 1"

Reliquary is dedicated to my maternal grandfather, an amateur lepidopterist who died before I was born. The book acts as a memorial and is divided into twelve chapters with titles suggesting the passage of time. Within this chronological format, Reliquary presents thirty-three images of the thin papers in which butterflies were once pressed. While created naturally, the faint imprints seem like miraculous apparitions.

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