Wendy Fernstrum, “Phases”
Artist: Wendy Fernstrum (Marine on St. Croix, MN)
Title: Phases (2012)
Edition size: 25
Number of pages: 30
Dimensions, open: 5″ x 10″ x 1″
Dimensions, closed: 5″ x 5″ x 2″
Phases is an artist book that depicts the 29 phases of the moon typographically. It’s also about the phases we experience within ourselves and in relationship with others, which may or may not be influenced by lunar phases. The text, all from the Bible (a contemporary translation so the text is not immediately recognizable as Biblical) refers to the lightness and darkness within and outside of us.
The text begins as a thin outlined font on the right side of the page. The font gradually fills in, waxing until the letters are completely filled with white, then gradually waning back to thinly outlined, with the text at the far left of the page.
I printed the 30 pages of “Phases” at Minnesota Center for Book Arts on a Vandercook Universal letterpress. Each page has 6 layers of ink: 2 brown, 2 black, and 2 blue. The rich dark blue that resulted from this process shimmers in the light.