ARTIST Jacob Waites
Arches Text-Weight Paper
Acrylic & Relief Ink
ABOUT THE PIECE
The book series, Vision, pertains to the many meanings that this word can carry. Containing the genetic information for the Opsin (Cone cells) and Rhodopsin genes (Rod Cells) on either side, each of the nine books is actually a panel of a large scale abstracted print of a human eye. The viewer must decipher clues and interact with the books to assemble the final print. Political metaphors are utilized to correlate the functions and mechanics of vision, its organs, and disease.
The container for the Vision series utilizing the innovative "living hinge" technique of lasercutting or machining wood such that a solid, whole piece can be bent, rotated, and stretched at will. The puzzle prints on the backside of the books were woodblock printed with laser-etched woodblocks, while the book contents were screen printed.
SELECTED PAGE VIEW
Here are selected pages from the series individually presented.
LIVING HINGE, MINIMAL MATERIALS, & PROGRESS
For vision's container, I had wanted to use as little material possible, with emphasis placed on surface texture and creating interest in how it functioned as a container. The living hinge technique of cutting mass out of a single sheet of a material to make it bendable seemed like a great way of innovating my practices with lasercutting and machining. After getting the cut pattern correct, sizing the rest of the box to conform to a curved lid was relatively simple.