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Clues but no answers

By Emily Martin.
Iowa City, Iowa: Naughty Dog Press, 2008. Edition of 25.

11 x 14"; 9 prints. Images letterpress printed using pressure printing, polymer plates, and a linoleum block. Texts letterpress printed from handset Baskerville and Broadway type. Paper: Mohawk Superfine. Contained in a black cloth-covered portfolio with black elastic band closure and paper title on front. Colophon printed on back pastedown.

Emily Martin: "A suite of nine prints organized as if casting a play, with three separate figures holding weapons of various kinds; three pairs kissing, dancing or toasting each other; three separate figures crying, sneaking or running; a crime scene body outline; and two different versions each of four different room settings. The title of the series is the same as the text included in each image, 'Clues but no answers.'

"These various characters and settings are layered on the prints in a variety of combinations. There are two constant features, the text is always the same and the body outline is always in the lower left corner. The words and the images work together to suggest an ambiguous narrative. There is a cumulative effect to viewing the different images and texts that suggests different meaning, or stories depending upon the setting and also depending upon the viewers themselves.

Clues but no answers

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