Carol Es: 1-SELF

A handmade artists' book and catalog rolled into one.

Artist's book - 1-SELF by mixed media artist, Carol Es - cover of book on stack of others

1-SELF (Careless Press) 2005: This title suggests a dual meaning of both intimate self-expression and the artist's pattern-making background, since patterns were often marked "1-self" for manufacturing. 1-SELF was purchased by the Getty Museum, the Arthur and Mata Jaffe Collection, Otis College of Art & Design, The Brooklyn Museum and various private collections. It is also featured in the Bibliotheque Kandinsky at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, as well as UCLA Special Collections.

The edition of only 50 copies includes a die-cut letterpressed cover, original watercolor, 14 archival (color) inkjet images, original block print insert, hand-cut collar pattern flysheet, and essays by Shana Nys Dambrot and Kristina Newhouse, with letterpressed quotes by the artist interspersed throughout. This book is hand-stitched, with a letterpressed Crane's embossed pinstripe cover, and comes in a tissue-type garment pattern lined box with a block print label. Actual book is 8.5 x 8 inches.

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"Her affinity for hand-made objects is related to her cathartic use of materials specific to the garment business, in which her family worked and from which she fled...

"Her use of oak tag, straight pins, threads, textiles and so forth not only formally refers to elements of her story, but has her reliving certain literal aspects in a very direct manner, an experience Es finds painful but ultimately liberating. And in her attempt to get past events and move toward meanings we recognize an archetype of our modern world, the damaged soul who struggles to be whole, and who by the very act of contemplation transforms itself into something more."

- Shana Nys Dambrot, Writer and Visual Art Critic