Washington DC: Abstract Orange, 2023. Number 4 of 20 copies in a variable edition. Signed by the book artist. This latest work by Lauren Emeritz expresses a powerful message from the Earth to the humans who inhabit it. The foreboding message warns humans that their carelessness and disregard for the impact of their actions that have created extreme urgency around climate change, and its profound destruction may ultimately render them extinct. "Your inability to protect your habitat (me) will make you a blip that destroys itself" [from the text].
The artist used cyanotypes to create images and letterpress printed the text on blue BFK Rives paper with end sheets of handmade paper from the Morgan Conservatory. "Cyanotype is a 170 year old photographic printing process that produces prints in a distinctive blue. The word cyan comes from the Greek, meaning dark blue substance" [description from the Phillips Collection]. She created the beautiful cyanotype images using natural elements, plastic, and UV light. The text is printed in large bold bright orange type. With the title in orange on the front cover and an orange spine label with black title. The beautiful paper with torn edges and exposed black book board covers create an elegant but raw feeling. The book structure is a drum leaf binding that opens flat and allows the images to fill the full page spreads. In fine condition. Measures 6.75 x 11 inches. Unpaginated [20 pages] ARTB/050323.