Artist's Books > This river has no ego

The making of This river has no ego has been a process of years of conversations between Tony Bellaver and Mary V. Marsh while camping, backpacking, and fly fishing. The close observation required for fly fishing reveals the interconnectedness of the river, trees, fish and insects. We reflect on our relationship to nature, the power and endurance of rivers, and our insignificance. The river doesn’t care if we are here or not. From our sketchbook drawings and poetry we developed the content and format collaboratively. The accordion structure allows the book to unfold in an uneven rhythm like a river. The maple burl and redwood veneer relates to trees around our favorite rivers and the salmon vertebrae shows one part of the cycle of life of the river.

Accordion-fold, handset type, polymer plates, linocut on Arches Cover. Hand cut paper, maple burl veneer cover, vertebrae. Slipcover, redwood veneer, inkjet title. 13 pages. 7.5” x 6.75” x 1.75”Edition of 15.