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Elsi Vassdal Ellis
Eve Press
Bellingham, WA

www.wwu.edu/~vassdae/book_arts



Women Dream
Photopolymer/letterpress printed squares in tan, red, green and black on Domtar Solutions 100# cover attached to black mat board with netting;
exterior box is 6 inch cube; inner box is 2 inch cube; edition of 60;
2001

   



What if it happened here?
Inkjet printed accordion on Cougar Opaque 100# cover; personal/family images mahinges on back side also have text; edition of 50
8" H x 5" W x 1" D
2005

   

Although I still see an eclectic approach to topics continuing in my work, I am finding myself drawn deeper into issues of identity, memory, and conflict. As a book artist I see my current books as intimate witnesses, testimonies of history and human behavior. Although I do not always feel comfortable with the concept of "bearing witness" because of its religious overtones, since 1999 I have focused on issues of religion and war [homicide or democide, genocide, urbicide] as they intersect with politics and have explored different ways of presenting information to the reader to initiate a personal examination of what has happened and what may happen. Although we have many examples of how history has taught us nothing, it is my hope to present history so it does teach something. A new series in underway: "In Malo, In Bono". It will explore the many definitions of evil.



Elsi Vassdal Ellis's work appeared in the following exhibition(s) organized by The Center for Book Arts
Threads: Interweaving Textu[r]al Meaning
 Organized by: Lois Morrison, Artist and Independent Curator; and Alexander Campos, Executive Director of The Center for Book Arts.
A stitch in Time
(2009) Hand and machine sewing, inkjet on fabric
Celebrating Artist Members: 30th Anniversary Members Exhibition
 Organized by Roni Gross, Artist.
The Cost of War
(2005) Letterpress, wood and lead type, photopolymer on Mohawk Superfine #100 cover, folio fold
2002 Artist Members' Juried Exhibition
Modest Hours: Abaya. Burqa. Chador. Hijab. No matter what you call it, it is all the same. You say we are fitna, chaos. If you are going to hide me, hide me in purple and I will be your reluctant B
(2001) urqa-Baby!; synthetic suede, eyelet cloth, leather, brass, Epson print
Coptic and Collage: Ancient Technique, Modern Application
 a survey of contemporary implementations of one of the first binding structures
Dear El Lissitzky
(1994) White offset cut-offs, black letraset for cover.
Inky Fingers
 works by small & fine presses
Selected Discourses Regarding War and Peace
(1993) A collection of quotes illustrated by Elsi Vassdal Ellis. Linoleum cuts, zinc cuts, letterpress with lead and wood type. Non-adhesive binding using a German Medieval chain stitch.

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