“My collages begin with the body. I print images of the human figure of transparencies, so that the surface of the skin is literally rendered invisible. I can peer right through it to the mystery underneath. I have collected insect wings, bandaging gauze, train tracks, door hinges, sheet music, historical maps, hand written letters and more. I stitch and glue these pieces together like words in a poem, writing a story of growth and healing.” -Mary Daniel Hobson
Offerings features five series of mixed media photography created by Mary Daniel Hobson from 1996 to 2018. Designed with an innovative structure by Datz Press, the book features two white sections that act as “wings” holding a black center. The white pages contain Evocations and Mapping the Body – accented by pages with lightly printed historic maps, a motif that runs through all of Hobson’s work. The black pages feature three series – Invocation, Sanctuary and Milagros. All the sections are handbound together with exposed thread, referencing the use of stitching in her collages. The softcover book is wrapped in a thick paper cover with text and maps printed in gold.
Published by Datz Press, South Korea, 2019
Designed by Younghea Kim, Sangyon Joo and Kwan Hoon Lee
Texts by Anne Veh & Mary Daniel Hobson
22 x 18 cm. 100 pages
Limited edition of 300 (with a Special Edition of 50)
Signed copies are available for $65. Books can be shipped. To order a copy, please email the artist.
Learn more about the book by watching this online book talk I created for Datz Press for the 2021 Printed Matter Art Book Fair.