a book about time.
This is a modified flag structure that was prompted by a book called Einstein’s Dreams. (Read it if you haven’t, it’s lovely, I’ve been obsessed ever since.) I made this book thinking about the notion of two different kinds of time going on at the same time in parallel but never touching. Th author makes a beautiful point to say that these two times can exist but never meet. A person could live in either time but never both, and should the two times meet, that would be in his words “desperation.” “Each time is true but the truths are not the same.” I just loved this idea and it got me to thinking about what might happen if a person lived in one time but the person they loved lived in the other. The story for this book came out of that idea.
I made the long kozo paper strips (thanks to Aimee Lee + her gift of the leftover pulp) to be indicative of what the author might call body time; fluid, flowing, unruly. The short, straight, defined pieces represent the patterned rhythm of mechanical time. The top three rows of flags on every page are my story, and the bottom three flags are taken directly from the book.
I made the cover and back images of the flags by printing collographs on the Vandercook, and the title of this guy is there are two times for everything or [we’ll meet along the way.]