Raymond Meeks has just completed the artist book/broadside titled "carousel" (think slide projector, less amusement park ride) as an attempt to explore the "architecture of memory" and reconcile loss from the documents and pictures of his recent past. The project was born out of a series of trips back to his former home in western Montana to document his voided house while hoping, somehow, to recover a store of joy that seemed inexhaustible for most of our lives. Nazraeli Press will publish a broader collection of this work as a monograph titled "amwell" in 2010. For Meeks, this is a personal subject with discernable gravity and the weight to pull one into a narcissistic well, an impulse that he hopes to have tempered with genuine gratitude and reincarnation of generosity and beauty.
The broadside measures 16x35 inches as the three panels are laid open. A 12x16 inch cover houses the broadside. Each are unique and handmade in collaboration with renowned bookmaker Rory Sparks. A simple stitching technique is used to allow the broadside to be removed as an option for display. "Carousel" is an edition of fifty with ten "artist proof editions."