Abstract Hard to Say is an installation comprised of four artist’s books that are displayed in a fabricated living room environment that includes wood laminate floors, comfortable chairs, a coffee table, a rug, end tables, and warm lamplight. All elements of the installation were either bought second-hand or borrowed from local friends. The exhibition is named after the primary work in the show entitled Hard to Say, an illustrated memoir. The memoir illustrates the author’s personal history through eight separate sections that utilize handwritten text, photographs, and hand drawn elements. These elements were combined digitally and printed in an edition of twelve full-color hardback books. In addition, the installation featured an edition of 50 comic book style zines, a legal pad inspired participatory book of paper airplane instructions, and a hand assembled photo album of photos from the artist’s childhood.
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