(The Birthday Project)
By Sheryl Oring
photography by Dhanraj Emanuel
Ann Arbor, Michigan: Quack! Media Press / Sheryl Oring,
2008 - 2010. Special edition.
Miriam Schaer, Bonefolder, Volume 7, 2011: "Hillary Clinton popularized the maxim that it takes a village to raise a child. Sometimes it also takes a village to make a book. At least that's how several adventurous female book artists see it. ..."
"In 2006, Oring launched I Wish to Say: the Birthday Project, inviting people to send 60th birthday wishes to then President Bush. As in the first project, the dictated cards expressed all sides of the political spectrum. Oring, as usual was careful to not interject her thoughts. As before, she often found herself surprised and moved by the emotions she encountered. ...
"Again, Oring hit the road. She conducted an 11,000-mile cross-country trek to parks and flea markets in Brooklyn, Indianapolis, Raleigh, Tampa, Houston, Des Moines, Albuquerque, and Yosemite, among other locales ... The result, I Wish to Say (The Birthday Project), was a full-color, 140-page book ... Packed with photographs by Dhanraj Emanuel, the book is a delightful exercise in cross-cultural empowerment."
8.5 x 8.5"; 140 pages. More than 66 color photographs; 49 color illustrations. Bound in glossy illustrated wraps. Preface by Sheryl Oring. Introduction by Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu, Assistant Professor of History of Art and Asian American Studies at Cornell University. Signed by Oring on the title page. Accompanied with a file folder of newspaper clippings from TheBirthday Project.