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Code Red

by Jaime Lynn Shafer
Reno, Nevada: Jaime Lynn Shafer, 2016. Edition of 30.

Jaime Lynn Shafer: "Code Redis issued when an imminent and major danger threatens school safety. The interior text, printed from wood type, identifies documented locations where children have found loaded guns in the home. The exterior brick is printed as a memorial to the numerous victims of school shootings and includes names and ages. This is not an all-inclusive list, but represents a sampling of children and adults who have been fatally shot in a school environment. The text message is reminiscent of the message I received from my partner when an active shooter was on her school campus. This incident helped me to better understand how one would feel when their loved one is in grave danger."

Colophon: "In 2014, my partner was hired as the trauma counselor at Sparks Middle School. Her role was to counsel the students who had been present during the 2013 school shooting that left two people dead and many others physically and mentally injured. Her experiences in the school and my past experience as a public school teacher inspired me to further examine the instances of school shootings in the United States along with the accessibility of guns."


5 x 6" cloth-covered box with one sheet book laid in. Front pastedown and back pastedown of box contain text. One sheet book 4.25 x 5.375" closed, opens to 21.25 x 10.75". Inkjet and letterpress printed from metal type, wood type, and photopolymer plates on Mohawk paper and book cloth. Typefaces: Bell and News Gothic Bold. Created at the Black Rock Press of the University of Nevada at Reno. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Code Red

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