Fond is an investigation of our impulse to collect and preserve small, valueless objects. Casually assembled over the course of years, these objects serve as an information retrieval system and an emotional bank. The combined narratives of the things we can't part with help us create create a larger picture of our lives and the way we see ourselves.
A fonds is a collection of documents organically accumulated by a person or institution. Using halftone photographs, color silhouettes, and a winding rope of text, I constructed an abstracted and personal history of ten objects from my own collection. I produced Fond over the course of 2011-2012 while I moved from Upstate New York to Alabama and finally to the United Kingdom. The book is letterpress printed and bound as a drum leaf in an edition of 75. Fond is letterpress printed on Zerkall paper and housed in a slip case. 7 1/4" x 4 1/8" x 5/8." Now available for purchase for $375.
The first ten copies of Fond are bound as a deluxe edition enclosed in handmade clamshell boxes. A set of ten prints related to the project are housed in a paper wrapper alongside the book. Each copy of the deluxe edition includes one of the original ten objects nestled into a small compartment in the box. This copy includes a nut. Because each box is constructed to accommodate a different object, the ten copies of the deluxe edition are slightly different depths.
(the deluxe edition is out of print.)
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