The Island

handmade artist’s book

The Island | 2023 | 6" x 9" x 3" (closed)

A one-of-a-kind, handmade artist’s book with twice-reclaimed cypress wood covers. The handmade paper pages are made from phragmites — the invasive reed species taking over Maryland — embedded with found nature items and scented with Old Bay seasoning. The instant film photography, often displayed as diptychs, captures a vanishing island in the Chesapeake Bay and its sportsman culture. A miniature book within shares the artist’s personal connection to the place through family photos and journal entries from 1993 to 2023.

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