2006-2009

Lynne Avadenka.  By a Thread.  No. 15 of 300 copies.

Huntington Woods, Michigan: Land Marks Press, 2006.

This text is a reimagining of two stories, Queen Esther from the Bible and Scheherazade from “A Thousand and One Nights.” Both are about women who saved their lives by spinning out stories for their royal husbands. In the accordion-fold book the artist’s imagery evokes Persian architecture and design, while the text is woven through the imagery. Avadenka was invited to create a site-specific installation of art on this same theme at Brandeis University in 2008. This edition was created with the support of the Hadassah Brandeis Institute and the Foundation for Jewish Culture.

 

 

Dan Pagis.  Dan Pagis (1930–1986).  No. 3 of 15 copies.

Huntington Woods, Michigan: Land Marks Press, 2007.

Six poems, translated by Stephen Mitchell.  After surviving the Holocaust Dan Pagis became a professor of Hebrew Literature in Israel, writing poetry that helped to shape the modern Hebrew language. Each of the six poems here is given its own triptych with a lithograph by Avadenka in the center flanked by the text in English and Hebrew. The hand-colored lithographs are based on collages created from linear elements (denoting railroad lines) extracted from a 1910 Baedeker guide to southern Germany.

 

 

Lynne Avadenka.  Lamentations (Ekhah).  No. 2 of 8 copies.

Huntington Woods, Michigan: Land Marks Press, 2009.

The complete text of the book of Lamentations is presented on facing pages in Hebrew and English. The powerful images are printed from carved wood shapes of houses lost, representing homes and families that were torn apart. The wide pages are meant to suggest an unrolled scroll, the form of the original Hebrew book.

 

 

Lynne Avadenka.  Lamentations (Ekhah). No. 2 of 8 copies. [continued]

English text.

Lynne Avadenka.   [Praise the Press].  No. 2 of 20 copies.

Huntington Woods, Michigan: Land Marks Press, 2009.

A hymn of praise to those involved in printing books.  It is excerpted from David Gans’s 1592 book, Tzemach David, the first history of the world from a Jewish perspective. Printed at the Book Arts Workshop of Dartmouth College.