leather bound book housed in wooden box with paper sculpture & electronics
13" x 10" x 5"
edition of 50
Restless Dust is a multimedia work housed in a two-tiered wooden box. The top portion holds a letterpress leather-bound artist's book separated by Plexiglas from a velvet-lined chamber containing two illuminated paper birds (activated when the box lid is opened). The text invites Charles Darwin's ghost to sail to present day San Francisco and wander with me through the greater Bay Area. The focus of the journey is three-fold: to celebrate Northern California's unique species; to examine Darwin's legacy and its impact on the Bay Area; and to acknowledge the fragile and endangered state of local flora and fauna, beleaguered by environmental degradation during Darwin's time and my own. The book was created while in residence with the Imprint at the San Francisco Center for the Book.
The title is a remix of a quote from Mary Wollstonecraft:
"It appears to me impossible that I should cease to exist, or that this active, restless spirit, equally alive to joy and sorrow, should be only organized dust."