Babette Katz

ARTIST BOOKS
All of my artist's books are conceived as linear visual narratives. The original linoleum cuts are issued in offset-printed editions. Most are in black and white and are wordless. The covers are in color.

This form interested me because it seemed to offer the possibility of conveying meaning in a different way than through the use of words and written language alone, which can be restrictive in its specificity. A wordless book, narrative-driven with visual clues alone, left room for the free play of imagination, memory, intuition, emotion and esthetic perception on the part of the reader. It engaged the reader on an altogether different level that I hoped would be illuminating and rich.

The stories are metaphoric, aphoristic and spare. The themes are diverse. The books are small - the largest being seven by nine inches and forty pages. Black and white relief-printed imagery had to bear the burden of proof for this kind of condensed visual storytelling.

Yarn raises the question of whether the decisions we make are really our own - as a woman sits knitting and knitting. At the Beach, a parable of agine, is a telescoped version of one man's passage from birth to old age - played out on a beach.

  - Babette Katz