On February 7, 2014, the MA Art and the Book students along with the DC community celebrated the launch of our Studio II collaborative artists’ book Reliquiae. Our launch party took place at the Corcoran Gallery of Art Atrium.
Created in an edition of 30, Reliquiae was designed and executed by the students in the Fall of 2013, under the guidance of instructor Sarah McDermott. In the book, the group explores the phenomenon of the long-term preservation of the human body, and what these practices symbolize, express, and reveal about the societies that they occur in. Beginning with the idea of the body as a relic, the book then details modern embalming practices and examines seven extreme cases of preservation. Combining intriguing detail about the venerated body with imagery of the deceased, the book encourages the viewer to continue the discovery process.
Utilizing screenprint and letterpress printing with polymer plates and linoleum blocks, the book is hand bound in a long-stitch style with a wrap-around cover and a dyed leather spine. The text paper is Somerset heavy text and Japanese Mulberry paper. The endpapers are blind embossed Hahnemuhle Bugra, and the covers are sheets of cotton, flax, and abaca made by hand at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. The text utilizes Adelle, Arita, and Verlag typefaces. The book measures 7.5” x 10” x .5” when closed. Price: $325.00.