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Item date(s): 2014

Julie Chen

Pages: unpaged
Size: 295mm
Inscription: Signed by the artist
Edition: #6/50

Place publication: Berkeley, CA
Publisher: Flying Fish Press
Exhibition 2022

Additional notes:
The text/explanation is found on a pull-out tab at the base of the box.

The book is an irregularly shaped object (held closed by magnets) standing upright in a brown box with a removable lid (containing the colophon) and a glass door which opens outwards. Inside the object is a half-moon shaped book which opens into a circular book.

Box size: 6.75 x 11.75 x 6.625". Cloth-covered. Removable lid with colophon tipped to interior. Door front with see through panel and paper title. Book object sits on padded cloth base. Text panel with ribbon pull in base. Book object size: 7 x 11 x 7" closed; 11.5 x 18" opened. Letterpress printed on handmade paper using photopolymer plates. Signed and numbered by the artist. Flying Fish Press: "Chrysalis is an interpretation of the complex and transformative nature of the process of grief. The piece consists of a sculptural book object housed in a box. The book object is held together by a series of magnets and can be opened by the viewer until all the panels lie in a flat plane, revealing an inner book with circular pages that can be held in the hand and read." Colophon: "The shape of the outer structure is a version of an oloid, a geometric shape discovered by sculptor and mathematician Paul Schate in 1929. An oloid is defined by the space created by two linked circles that intersect on perpendicular planes. It is the relationship of the circles that creates the shape." - See more at:

Exhibition notes:
Creative Research: The Artists’ Books of Veronika Schäpers, Robbin Ami Silverberg and Julie Chen JBCBA, WAM

22 September to 15 December 2022

Ref: GB/14905

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