Jaime Lynn Shafer
Mix and Match Families
9" x 15" x 3/8"
In the USA, family is flexible and fluid, constantly changing as our society grows and develops an understanding for the people who live here. This fluidity is essential and what I wished to explore. Mix and Match Families is an artists’ book that address these ideas. The imagery for the book began while I photographed families and individuals in Washington, D.C. I removed the original background from the images and placed them on solid colored backgrounds. The solid colored backgrounds indicate the original family unit in the artists’ book. The book is designed so that the viewer can flip through the pages altering the family (much like a children’s flip book) to include same sex families, heterosexual families, inter-generational families and interracial families.
Digital photographs inkjet printed on Epson Ultra Smooth Fine Art Paper.
Edition of 25
1 in 3
6" x 9" x .5"
1 in 3 was inspired by recent media attention focusing on domestic violence. Creating this piece proved more difficult than I expected. It forced me to reflect on my own experiences with domestic abuse. Those who have never been in an abusive relationship usually ask , "Why did s/he stay?" Unless you have experienced it, it is hard to understand. This is not an all-inclusive representation of domestic abuse. However, I hope that the content of this book helps the viewer to better understand the victim's point of view and the lack of resources that often the hinder a victim's ability to escape the situation.
Letterpress printed from metal type and polymer plate on Stonehenge paper in Baskerville and Univers; inkjet printed on Hahnemuhle Duo and Epson Ultra Smooth. Found photographs (used with permission).
Edition of 25