by N. Chalker-Tennant
Father was a flight surgeon in WW II, mother was a private pilot. Our life was unstable, non-traditional and often terrifying. We once lived on an Air Force Base in a farm house where my bedroom window overlooked the end of the runway where the fighter jets came in to land. As the book is turned right, left, up, down, the reader flies through the pages. I wanted to tell the story hinting at the crashes, the unfolding secrets, slowly revealing the times and myself.
Visual Studies Workshop Press
publication history: One edition of 500 copies all distributed by Visual Studies Workshop Press. [T. Shaw]
themes: Personal narrative [T.Shaw]
artists' book (local)
inspiration: Personal experiences in a military family post WWII [T. Shaw]
community: workshop Visual Studies Workshop [T. Shaw]
note: The artist is very active and well known in the artists' books community around Rochester, New York. [T. Shaw]
reception history: "Secret Wing is a twelve-page leporello in covers, which opens to 12x33”. With two words, secret and wing as triggers for the action in the book, the romantic nature of the work also suggests danger and risk. This duality is expressed through the intermingling of hand-drawn images, text and photographs, where personal and public intermingle, where familiar phrases, words and sentences are placed on each page. Flight, spying, secrets, and disclosure are all involved in the movement of these thoughts. What is wonderful is that the inner cover shows the artist’s drawings for the plan of the book and its cover. To see how an artist works, plans, and then executes, all in twelve pages is a treat." by Judith Hoffberg, from Umbrella, June 1991 Volume 14 #1
manuscript type: mockups
location: other Press sheets are filed at Visual Studies Workshop.