Ghost Maps is part of a site-specific project by artist Harriet Bart that documented the history of artists who worked in Studio VA5 at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts between 2004 and 2010. While a resident at the Center in 2010, Bart began to view the paint-splattered floor of the studio as a palimpsest containing memories of the forty-six artists who had been there before her. After marking off sections of the floor and scrubbing the spaces between them, Bart photographed the resulting compositions. She then layered these images with hand-drawn maps to create the illustrations in this book. Additional geometric designs referencing the blue tape used to mark off the floor in the original installation accompany the images in this book. Also included are an artist statement about the project, photos of the process, and a list of the maps that were used as references to create the images.

The colorful illustrations in this book were printed digitally by Epson 2200 on Pictorico Kenaf 68 coated washi. The text was set in ITC Eras and printed letterpress from polymer plates. Digital media direction, typography, color correction, and printing were accomplished by Philip Gallo at the Hermetic Press.

Ghost Maps is bound in a sewn hardcover binding designed and made by Jill Jevne. The volume features a black leather spine and grey cloth-covered sides. It is protected by a tri-fold chemise covered in grey cloth and lined with black velour. Published in an edition of 25 and signed by the artist on the colophon.

Invisible Cities is an additional suite of loose prints which takes its name from the title of the Italo Calvino book that provided inspiration to the artist during this project. Housed in a two-piece box covered with textured black paper, Invisible Cities features nine archival pigment prints on heavyweight rag paper. Each print is signed, numbered, and dated by the artist on the verso. This suite of prints was published in an edition of 7 copies.

 

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