In Between Sea & Sky, my first artist book about Venice, I had explained how the first time I saw Venice I was “struck by the image of the narrow ribbon of land running between the expanse of water before it and the stretch of sky overhead.”

Where Sea & Sky Meet I takes another look at this concept of the line running along the horizon. On the slipcase is a horizontal ribbon embroidered with beads, which reflects the rich embroidery of the city once you venture within that “narrow ribbon of land.” The spine, first glimpsed from the open end of the slipcase, is also adorned with beads. When the book is removed from the slipcase, the draping of the beads recreates the movement of the famous Venetian chandeliers, which to me seem to capture the very essence of the city’s splendor.

Though it has faded somewhat over the centuries, Venice remains generously photogenic. I’ve realized that there’s no point in putting away my camera when I visit...there are so many images to collect from the literally endless interplay of light and reflections, expressed through water, glass, metal, brick and stone. And after returning home, I’m always amazed at the connections to be found from one image to another: the shapes, the patterns, the colors, the textures. For Where Sea & Sky Meet I I have chosen 132 photos to elaborate on the theme of the city’s rich embroidery. The printed images are stitched to the blue Ingres structure, recalling the way in which Venice’s lacy urban fabric is stitched together by hundreds of little bridges.

Where Sea & Sky Meet (I)

9.5” w x 10.25” h x 1.9” d

24.1 x 26 x 4.8 cm


Composed of two accordion structures, each with 16 pages. The main structure is a Fabriano Ingres accordion with hard covers. Stitched within is a second, smaller, accordion of Hahnemühle Smooth Fine Art Paper printed with images & an original text.

The custom slipcase is covered with Fabriano Ingres, lined with gold striped paper & embellished with a woven ribbon embroidered with pearls & crystal beads.

Sewn in as I joined the two accordions, lengths of beads are draped along the spine; a dangling “pendant” hangs from the center of each section.

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