artists book
12 x 12 x 3"

“unearthed” by Mary Heebner


 A poem, paintings and sketchbook—an excavation of
images and impressions from Patagonia

“The origin of this project began with two consecutive trips to Chilean Patagonia. Riding horses through the rugged terrain of the Patagonian sierra, we came upon middens and petrified remnants of ancient forests. In Last Hope Sound, Puerto Natales, I sketched a collection of messen, indigenous Mapuche amphoras and ceremonial vessels. Later, in my Santa Barbara studio, I made two series’ of paintings: Below and Beneath and Unearthed. This book draws upon all of that work.”  – Mary Heebner

UNEARTHED is placed in a box of straight-grain pine accented with paduak or wenge wood, with a lid of tumbled travertine marble. A poem printed on translucent handmade abaca paper interleaved with mixed media images of vessels from the Unearthed: Patagonia series of paintings is hard-bound between original painted and signed covers, with a leather spine. Each of the vessel prints are individually over-painted with watercolor. A journal chapbook, notes from below, rests in niche in bottom of the wooden box. Ink and graphite sketches of vessels, with unique ink washes accompany the notes, and are printed on Khadi cotton rag paper handmade in Tamil Nadu. The chapbook’s terra cotta paper cover is deeply imprinted with a line drawing of a fingerprint.

Binding and letterpress printing by John Balkwill, The Lumino Press, Santa Barbara, and editioned by hand on a Vandercook UNI cylinder press. Centaur and Futura fonts used throughout. Edition of 20.

Dimensions: 12.5″ x 12.5″ x 2.5”

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