Sanctus Sonorensis is a 90-page board book by Philip Zimmermann with gilded edges, gold foil-text on the cover, and biblical-inspired phrases throughout. The cover image features a snapshot of the Sonoran desert in Southern Arizona about 50 miles from Lukeville, just a couple miles from the Mexican border. It is one of the most heavily trafficked and dangerous entry points for illegal Mexican immigrants entering the United States, and many die there each year from exposure and lack of water. The skyscapes throughout are all photographed in New Mexico and Arizona deserts during 2003 and 2004. The interior pages show a visual progression of sky from dawn to sunset, accompanied by a single line of text on a two-page spread. The work comments on Americans' complicated attitudes on illegal immigration from Mexico.
Philip Zimmermann and Spaceheater Editions
Immigration along US/Mexico border
Mixed media; goild foil, print, board
Four-color offset lithography printed book. There is a gold-foiled title on the cover and spine.
Zimmermann, Philip, "Sanctus Sonorensis" (2009). Rollins College Book Arts Collection. 5.
This work was featured in the Olin Library as a part of the exhibition “Common Ground: Selected Works from The Rollins Book Arts Collection” from September 18, 2021 – December 31, 2021.