Drawing in my sketchbook on my daily commute, I record people reading, engaged in their own private experience within the public space. Relief prints, carved from the drawings, are hand-printed on discarded library cards, newspapers, and book pages, and fine print paper. The materials and techniques evoke a history of printing, suggest nostalgia for expiring mediums and chronicle the changing formats of reading.
In my ongoing Reader series, I reflect on my need for reading and how the medium conveys the message. The oldest form of communication is storytelling, and relief printing the oldest form of making books and illustrations. We become engaged in news and events through stories. We create stories to tell people about ourselves. The ever-changing world of digital communication makes me anxious, while the static print on paper is a comfort, a relic of another time.