By Stephanie Copoulos-Selle
Waukesha, Wisconsin: Citron Press, 2018. Edition of 35.
Stephanie Copoulos-Selle: "'Eight Questions, A Recipe for Change' is about the contrast of feeling secure in our own home while our society struggles with a multitude of problems. The pages are fabric with embroidery and original handwritten recipe cards. The recipe cards are printed with letterpress and ink jet images."
The artist found eight shoe boxes in her parents' laundry room full of recipes – over 8,000. Each book has original recipe cards; therefore, each is a variant, as the recipes will be different. The recipes represent her family life growing up where she felt warm & safe "inside the kitchen with soup on the stove and bread in the oven." Today the environment she lives in is "frayed, full of loose ends, and knots."
Using this backdrop of happiness that the recipes represent for her she presents eight questions for us about the current status of our society –
Why can't we protect our children from gun violence?
Why can't we stop killing people out of hatred?
Why can't we help those less fortunate?
Why can't we take care of our environment?
Why can't our elected officials be ethical?
Why can't a woman choose what happens to her body?
Why do we need so many bombs?
8.5 x 8.25"; 26 pages plus 9 half-leaves sewn in. Fabric pages. Embroidery. Original handwritten recipes on cards. Letterpress text overprinted on recipes. Ink jet images. 12 recipe cards sewn on pages or inserted in pockets. Colophon 8.5 x 11" sheet folded twice and slipped in pocket of page. Signed and numbered by the artist.
(Last 2 copies)