Letterpress, Silkscreen, Wood block
5.25 × 9 in
Out of Print
Florida Atlantic University (FAU), The Jaffe Book Arts Collection
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Libraries
Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD)
University of California, Irvine (UCI)
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library
University of Central Florida (UCF)
University of Michigan, Special Collections
University of Pittsburgh
University of Vermont
Wesleyan University, Olin Library
Hybrid Land is a limited edition artist book that revolves around ecological themes, bringing into question our culture’s manipulation of crops and our interaction with the environment. The book is image-based, utilizing the effects of transparent inks through a collage-like layering of woodcuts, collagraph blocks, and pressure printing techniques. The imagery is based on plant forms including genetically modified crops such as soy and corn. With vibrant colors and imagery reflecting the beauty in nature, the interwoven text by poets Joel Brouwer and Shin Yu Pai expresses the darker implications crop modification has in our lives. Brouwer’s text, which includes excerpts from Thoreau’s ‘Bean Field’ chapter in Walden, is printed on a series of foldout pages. With reference to classical mythology and TV reality, this text is about the separation between ourselves and nature, a loss of cultural knowledge and history. Pai’s text is interwoven throughout the book, acting as the final collage layer on top of plant imagery. Drawing a palpable connection between food and memory, Pai’s text asks us to recall food from the market and from our memories.
All materials used in this book are recycled or come from rapidly renewable resources. The binding is non-adhesive.
Poems by Joel Brouwer and Shin Yu Pai
Printing, design, and binding by Sara Parkel, Filter Press
Letterpress: collagraph blocks (4), woodcuts (18), pressure printing, photopolymer, and wood type.
Paper: printed on Neenah Papers Environment Quest White, 100% post-consumer fiber.
Cover: 1/8” natural bamboo with silkscreen title.
Ethiopian-style link stitch binding.
In an edition of 40 with 5 artist proofs. (30 available for sale)
9 x 5.25” (26 x 5.25” open at largest spread)
Printed in Gordo, Alabama