The paper-cutting piece that I am currently working on is map based, so I thought I would discuss a previous map based artist’s book. Grid Road Poems consists of six loose card stock pages in a matching sleeve. The pages are slotted like the dividers in boxes of canning jars or wine bottles, and can be assembled in a number of grid-like arrangements. Saskatchewan, the Canadian province where I live, was surveyed into one mile squares of 640 acres. There are road allowances between each section. Where there are actual roads between the sections, they are referred to as grid roads. The ones with heavier traffic get some kind of top coating, while the rest are gravel or sometimes just dirt. The design on the pages is based on a provincial map of the grid road system. In another case of Form Follows Content, both the structure and the surface design of the book echo the idea of a landscape divided arbitrarily by straight lines intersecting at right angles. The text is a collection of haiku inspired by the experience of walking on a grid road on a hot summer day in August. Here’s a closer look at some of the pages.
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