The Needle Sings to the Book
Mario Laplante (artist)
Lois Marie Harrod (poet),
|Mario Laplante (artist),
San Francisco, USA, Fall 2011
Lois Marie Harrod (poet), New Jersey, USA
In "The Needle Sings to the Book," the needle and
the thread provide the central image. Although the project itself
is a folding book rather than a book with fascicles, the poem uses
the image of stitching pages together to comment on the nature of
truth, its uncertainties and ambiguities. The poem also attempts
to sing for the needles that stitched the underside of Japanese
needlework patches that Mario Laplante used as a source for the
project artwork. Art sings to art. If we are lucky, the needle sings
to the book long after the needle-worker disappears.
Panel book wrapped in a portfolio containing photographs printed
with Archival inks on Masa Japanese paper and letterpress.
Dimensions: H: 6 3/4" W: 6 3/4" D: 1 1/8"
Lois Marie Harrod, Hopewell, New Jersey,
Lois Marie Harrod's Fragments from the Biography of Nemesis is forthcoming
from Cherry Grove Press in 2013. Her The Only Is won the 2012 Tennessee
Chapbook Contest and her 11th book, Brief Term, poems about teachers
and teaching, was published in 2011. Widely published in literary
journals and online, she teaches part-time at The College of New
I am French Canadian and have been living in the US for the past
20 years. I work in a variety of media: installation, printmaking,
and artists’ books.
My professional career as an artist and art educator began in the
US in 1989 at Ohio State University until I began my first tenure
track position at San Francisco State University in 1996 where I
am currently a full professor and the head of the printmaking area.
As an artist, I was trained as a printmaker and a book artist at
the University of Wisconsin where I graduated with an MFA in 1989.
My books and prints have been included in national and international
art exhibitions in the last few years. Curators have acquired my
work for several artist book collection including: the Bibliotheque
National du Canada, Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Library
of Congress, Yale University, the New York Library, the Tate Gallery
in London and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.