Barb Hawes, “The Rewrite Project 2012 Chapbook”
Artist: Barb Hawes (Marshall, MN)
Title: The Rewrite Project 2012 Chapbook (2012)
Medium/technique(s): handset, printed on a Vandercook press, stab binding
Edition size: 49
Number of pages: 12
Dimensions, open: 8″ x 24 6/16″ x 1/16″
Dimensions, closed: 8″ x 6″ x 3/16″
Barb Hawes is inspired by old herbals, illuminated manuscripts, and architectural embellishments — the things that William Morris describes as “The Lesser Arts”. In her black and white drawings, she seeks to merge small things into a grand design. The book form allows her to add the element of time, unfolding, to this vision.
Her first book, self-published in an edition of 20, presented a how-to-knit lesson within a moral story using the graphic novel format. The Rewrite Project is her second book. It seeks to reflect the process that she and two other aspiring writers went through during a summer writing project. Her third book, funded by a Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Emerging Artist grant, will be a visual and poetic exploration of six works of art that shaped her aesthetic vision.
The common element in all of these projects is how the book form enables her to invite the viewer to interact with her art. Her belief is that art first captures the viewer’s attention, then challenges their expectations, and finally gives them a place to pause in the hectic pace of the modern world.