1/1

Interior page of an artist book titled "1 over 1", with text that says "one people"

“1/1” is an artist book about unified consciousness. Too often we get caught up in dualistic thinking – black or white, good or bad – where two perspectives oppose each other. From this perspective, there is always someone who is “better” or “worse” than me. And someone always loses.

Non-dual consciousness, on the other hand, recognizes that we are all in this existence together. When one person suffers, so do I. The other is no longer considered the other.

“Today’s world requires that we accept the oneness of humanity.”
Dalai Lama

Cover of artist book by Wendy Fernstrum titled "1 Over 1"

“One over one” or “1/1” is a printing term that means one color printed on one side of the paper. In this artist book I use the visual dualities of black and white – black ink on white paper – to represent dualistic thinking, while the text presents unified consciousness.

Interior page of artist book by Wendy Fernstrum titled "1/1" showing artwork that looks like a screen or netting

The first and last pages of the book are printed intaglio from a copper plate. I see this web/screen/net as the unseen grid that holds us all together.

Interior page of an artist book titled "1 over 1", with text that says "one color"

I hand-wrote the text and scanned it to create a negative for a photopolymer plate to print type-high on letterpress.

Interior half page of an artist book titled "1 over 1", with image of netting

Half sheets of linoleum relief prints appear throughout the book, stark against the landscape of white.

interior page of an artist book titled "1 over 1", artwork that looks like a screen or netting

Here is another net image, this time with a small hole in it.

Close-up view of interior page of an artist book titled "1 over 1", artwork that looks like a screen or netting

Close-up view of the same page.

Interior page of an artist book titled "1 over 1", text says "one side"

On this page, the text is reversed, with white letters surrounded by black.

Interior page of an artist book titled "1 over 1", artwork that looks like a screen or netting

Here is the middle of the book, with another intaglio-printed net image. The binding is a double-stitched pamphlet – two pamphlets sewn into a substrate, leaving a 1/2″ tab between the pamphlets.

Interior half page of an artist book titled "1 over 1", with image of netting on reverse side

Here is another half-sheet, this time with the unprinted side facing the white landscape.

Interior page of an artist book titled "1 over 1", with text that says "one people"

We are one people. That’s not to say we are all the same. Each of us bears visible distinctions, such as the color of our skin. However, ultimately – when our bodies return to dust – we look the same. When we bleed, our blood is the same color.

Colophon of an artist book by Wendy Fernstrum titled "1/1"

The perspective presented in this book comes from a unitive consciousness that transcends the dualities such as black and white that divide us. Even as we remain distinct individuals, our true nature shines brightest when see beyond those visible differences and recognize each another as brother and sister, one in spirit.

“1/1”
2017
Edition of 12
$375

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