Philadelphia: Thomas Parker Williams, 2021. A unique artist's book from noted artist Thomas Parker Williams. It is part of the series "Wordless - Painted and Drawn that Narratives," which Williams conceived, designed, illustrated, bound and for which he constructed the cases. Thomas Parker Williams began creating artists' books in 1998 while also painting. As of 2009 he has limited his art practice exclusively to artists' books. In that year he also began collaborating with his wife, photographer Mary Agnes Williams. In 2013 they started Luminice Press, incorporating letterpress printing into artists' books and broadsides. The artists' books draw on a range of conceptual sources in creating their books, including mathematics, music, literature, theology, philosophy, astronomy, natural sciences, and Eastern thought. He often creates videos and composes music to accompany his books that may be found on his website (www.thomasparkerwilliams.com). Books by Williams or the Luminice Press may be found in over 70 public collections around the country including the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Williams describes his book in an artist's statement: "12 is a visual essay with an original music composition that explores creation from realistic representations of original cultural myths to abstract representations of molecular activity leading back to the singularity that created the Big Bang."
This fascinating book is 12 sided, with 12 movable panels on cold press watercolor paper with tear resistant paper hinges. The panels are 10 x 10 inches. The book opens to 31 inches in diameter. The panels are painted and drawn on each side with dry pigments in alkyd medium, oil based enamels, acrylic inks, watercolors, and colored pencil. The book is housed in a custom case with a hand-painted design that measures 10.5 x 10.5 x .75 inches. In fine condition. ARTISTSB/050422. Fine.