Endangered Volume I


    © 2019
  • Dimensions (in inches): 5 x 6 x 2
  • Materials:paper, ink, book cloth, book board, plexiglass, acrylic, tyvek, linen thread, dried insect and plant specimens, mica
  • Collection of: Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Bainbridge Island, Washington


Part of an ongoing series Endangered Volume I uses vintage butterfly and moth wings paired with paper elements that simulate butterfly bodies. Bound in a long stitch with an exposed spine, the three thick, rigid pages of this book along with the front cover include moth and butterfly specimens protected with overlays of mica. The front and back covers use a split-board attachment. The book rests atop a plexi-glazed tray with yet another specimen and pupae casing.

Endangered is a series of artists' books, each housed in a custom drop-spine box, the tray of which contains an assemblage, almost a mini-diorama, of various specimens. While the selected subjects of the series aren't officially endangered, I think that much of the natural world is indeed endangered. That there are still specimens to be gathered without much effort or extensive travel helps me live with the despair I too often feel when considering the likely future of the outdoor spaces I love and thrive in.