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artists' books; bird watching; birds; Nature; leaf (plant material); nature photography; specimens; field notes; diagrams


31 unnumbered pages : color illustrations "Additional support was provided by the Minnesota Center for Books Arts, Minneapolis, MN"--Page 31 "Comprised of twelve chromogenic photographs mounted on Rising Stonehenge 100% cotton paper. The printed text is in Souvenir Lt BT and the written text is the artist's handwriting on Zerkall Nideggen sand paper, and the endsheets are printed on Canson Mi-Teintes flannel gray paper. The book is covered in olive and brown Iris bookcloth"--Page 31 Includes "Field notes" (3 postcard sized items in mounted pocket), inside back cover. "Edition ... of 40"--Page 31 Summary: Bird Watching explores the idea of constructed landscape and is inspired by natural history illustrations and botany journals. The book documents how nature and fabricated elements can combine to create a scene that questions what is natural. The hard bound book is composed of twelve color photographs of fake birds placed in various landscapes, specimen labels, field notes, and diagrams. "This artist book combines photographic recordings of my bird sightings with specimen labels, field notes and diagrams to mirror a personal bird watcher’s journal. Both the photographs and text are a mix of truth and fiction. The images combine varied natural settings with carefully placed craft store songbirds to create an enhanced landscape, allowing the viewer to consider the landscape and the ways it can be elaborated upon."--artist's webpage. Perfect bound codex. Library has copy no. 32, signed by the artist. Library has a related book by the artist published by Princeton Architectual Press, 2010: TR729.B5 M425 2010

RISD Fleet Library Catalog Record


[Rosendale, NY] : [Paula McCartney and Women's Studio Workshop], 2006.


©[Rosendale, NY] : [Paula McCartney and Women's Studio Workshop], ©2006.

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book cloth (textile material); field notes; hardcover books; perfect binding (process); codices


26 cm.

Bird Watching



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