Please Don't Let Them Take Me Away
Portland, OR: Author, 2012.
Original work. 4 x 5.25 inches. Unique artist's book, titled, signed, and dated on the spine. Fine condition. Item #3801
Artist Gabriel Liston, whose paintings typically depict an unsentimental view of the world of children's experience, creates these one-of-a-kind "book tiles" by sewing shut copies of cheaply made commercial children's books (all from the same series), sealing them with acrylic medium, and painting images in a blue reminiscent of Delft tiles. Liston maintains the book tiles' tenuous connection with their origin by typically taking the title from a caption in the book, and by sanding away tiny areas to allow the original cover coloration to show through.