Early this year, I completed a collection of five artists books, entitled "Cuts Make You" in response to my solo exhibition, Cuttings, at Risk Press Gallery (Sebastopol) in October of 2013. For the exhibition, I installed an empty scroll book, inviting those who attended to mark it with blue masking tape and blue ink pens (refer to image above). Upon the closing of the exhibit, the unfurling revealed a motley but contained collection of writing, scribbles, lines, tape and words. These marks became the prima materia for Cuts Make You.
Upon the closing of the exhibit, I cut up, printed upon and cut into the scroll, applying the similar methods that attendees used during the exhibit. Applying tape randomly to the surfaces, I printed over it with a die cut of the floor plan of the gallery to reference the place of the exhibit. Over and on the masked tyvek, I printed to cut out new spaces. Cutting and printing generated pages and ideas. The result is a series of books that hold and reference the archival and ephemeral of the exhibit.