Subject / Verb / Object is a word game that grew from a need to process feelings of anger. The game has no beginning, no end, and no way to win. The turning, fitting, and order of words can lead to clarity or confusion. The reader plays with language and considers some of the options about what we all want, need, and have.
The concept behind the book stems from the frustration and anger I feel towards art criticism and other academic writing. Academic language seems intended to control its audience, exclude "outsiders", and is not meant to clarify the subject for a reader. It takes the beauty and passion out of language and, in turn, out of people. Subject/Verb/Object pokes at this idea by doing something similar: it uses simplistic language and structure to force the reader to attempt a visual organization of the things we cannot put in order: our desires.
Crooked Letter Press
Language, words, academia, academics, relationships
Closed sleeve: 13”W x 13”H x 0.25” thick. Volvelle: 12” diameter.
Volvelle, interior sleeve, and belly band are all printed on Murillo paper. The exterior sleeve is covered in Iris book cloth in Coffee. Metal brad binds the volvelle. Metal grommets on other portions of the the sleeve.
Letterpress printed on a Vandercook Universal I from a combination of handset metal types and photopolymer plates.
Knudson, Ellen, "Subject/Verb/Object" (2012). Rollins College Book Arts Collection. 62.