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Project Statement

by P. Zimmermann

The exhibition "Love and Terror," announced for Fall 2003 at the University Museum of the University of Arizona at Tuscon, AZ, helped provoke the production of this work, and provided a deadline. The text was already being written, though as the deadline neared, the book took on a much darker and sadder tone, as the future of a long-distance relationship seemed more and more hopeless. For me the images of the shadow of the airplane on the desert below, were metaphors for some of the many difficulties of the relationship. Also, for anyone living in New York, the shadows of the jet getting larger and larger had obvious visual and emotional links to the planes going into the twin towers of the WTC. Although the book has an overall tone of tragedy and despair, it does end with a final little note of hope.

Nature Abhors

Philip Zimmermann


Philip Zimmermann

type: initiating


born: Bangkok, Thailand
active: United States
citizenship: United States

birth: 1951-01-24

Publication Information

publisher: Spaceheater Editions

conception: 2003-05-00 Conceived and written in spring 2003, production continued past the Love and Terror show into late October 2003. Binding continues through 2006 as need arises.
production: 2003-09-00

publication history: Completed (and the edition produced) while at the Border Arts Residency, La Union NM, although initiated at Philip Zimmermann's home and studio in Rhinebeck, NY. Text, photos, design, and production were all done by the author, with the exception of the photograph on Page 6, which is by Elizabeth Alderman and used by permission. [P. Zimmermann]

Aesthetic Profile


artists' books (LCSH)

themes: Love lost [P. Zimmermann]

content form:
experimental text (local)

publication tradition:
artists' book (local)

inspiration: Hedi Kyle structures, used in her books and also Claire Van Vliet's "Aunt Sallies Lament", Some text inspired by the writing style of Clifton Meador. [P. Zimmermann]

related works: Among other Zimmermann works, High Tension is probably the closest in sensibility. Many of his books are personal, about emotional states, angst-riddden, and this has some of all of these. [P. Zimmermann]

other influences: Nabakov. Some poetry. [P. Zimmermann]

community: press Other artists' book makers, friends. [P. Zimmermann]

reception history: Love and Terror had some notice.

Related Documents

manuscript type: correspondence

location: artist's archive

note: Because this was in the "Love and Terror" exhibition in Tucson, correspondence about that exhibit (which served as deadline and thus prompted the production of the work) is relevant.

manuscript type: texts

location: artist's archive

note: Many texts, notebook drafts, and other materials for this, as well as outtakes, exist.

manuscript type: mockups

location: artist's archive

note: Dummies, variations, edited-out images, etc. all exist.

General Comments

A work of sadness and regret at a doomed relationship, and lost love. [P. Zimmermann]