DOUBLE PORTRAIT

DOUBLE PORTRAIT, 2019

Limited edition artists’ book (accordion-fold structure) with unique marbled endpapers.
Dimensions (closed): 7.25 x 4.25 inches (HxW)
Edition of 11 with 2 Artist Proofs

images: DOUBLE PORTRAIT


A handmade, accordion-fold artists’ book, DOUBLE PORTRAIT presents a sequence of alternating image and text. The text draws upon a statement by late British playwright and activist Harold Pinter (1930-2008) made during the course of his 2001 interview in The Progressive. This statement, in which Pinter recounts his experience being a conscientious objector at the age of eighteen, is punctuated throughout by images of François-Marie Arouet (1694-1778), nom de plume Voltaire.

With Pinter represented solely through text, and Voltaire solely through images, DOUBLE PORTRAIT’s juxtaposition of word and image poses certain questions to its readers, namely: What constitutes a portrait? What might this peculiar pairing suggest? What is signified by the juxtaposition of these two notable figures, both authors and public intellectuals, for a contemporary reader today? 


Text (handset type, Franklin Gothic Italic 14) and images (from polymer plates) are letterpress printed on Somerset Book White 175gsm. Binding consists of cloth-covered Davey Binder’s Board; end pages are Claret Colorplan 270gsm. Laid-in vintage marbled endpapers are unique with each volume of the edition.

Book design, printing and binding by Madeline Djerejian.