Video: Chalk Voices

The sounds of a neighborhood are distinctive, but we sometimes forget to listen. If our houses or apartments are close together we may instinctively shut our ears to give our neighbors privacy. Or we may listen and make up stories about them if we have never met. My letterpress printed artist book, Chalk Voices, is based on the music of neighborhood sounds and that feeling that "good fences make good neighbors," as Robert Frost wrote in his poem, "Mending Wall." In Chalk Voices, the fence is a personal decision rather than a physical object. And the sounds are ephemeral. Like chalk drawings.

The imagery is based on a family and a neighbor cat, printed as a reduction linoleum cut, and fashioned into a book using a map fold. The musical notation, as a poem on lined pages, becomes the center of the book.

Chalk Voices

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