Digital offset printed facsimile wallpaper collages on coated card stock in plastic case
2.5 x 3.5 x .75 in
Playing House is a collaboration between poet, Carley Gomez, and book artist, Levi Sherman.
Playing House is a non-linear collection of moments from the life of the protagonist as he struggles to reconcile his past – a failed marriage, a complicated childhood, and the necessity of keeping up appearances – with his new life as an openly gay man in a tumultuous relationship. Fifty-two cards, which can be read in any order, feature prose poetry on one side and collage on the reverse. The collages serve as non-representational meditations for their respective text, and are created from wallpaper fragments to further reference the facade of domesticity and the fragmented patchwork of identity. The wallpaper patterns help situate the narrative within 1950s middle America.