The View from a House in Kansas Act 1: The Living Room

The View from a House in Kansas: Acts One to Five—a five-part, ten-piece, handmade artists’ book—tells the story of a young woman coming of age in a small Midwestern town in the middle of the 20th century. Each Act consists of a multi-fold, 16-inch tall toy-theater-like panel and an accompanying paper-doll-shaped book. Act by act, room by room, dream and recollection reveal the small epiphanies that catapult the character, Marissa Vorobia, from child to adolescent to young adult.

2009
Hand-cut and assembled archival inkjet, laser jet and letterpress prints on Hahnemülle bamboo, handmade abaca and sakamoto papers
Panel: 16” x 33”. Doll: 8” tall
Edition in progress

This artists’ book was originally conceived as the narrative “centerpiece”of a gallery-sized installation called The Dream House Collection or Tales of Narrow Escape, A sculptural Novel.

All of the text from The View from a House in Kansas: Acts One to Five can be found in a single volume here.