Book Art

Mary L. Taylor
For Those Who Serve

written by Mary Taylor; double concertina, inkjet printed on painted paper; 7” x 25” (open), 7” x 10” (closed); edition of 10; 2010

This book is a public and private story, with pages printed externally and on hidden internal pages telling the story of a young U.S. Army nurse’s experiences of the Vietnam War.  The Army nurse is not specific to one woman’s experience but is a composition taken from several different women who have recorded their conversations for the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress, (American Folklife Center).  The construction of the book is intended to help the reader experience a public conversation  while hidden inside there is a very different story.