The idea for SOLITUDE was born during the time of solitary and aimed at hope through beauty.
In »Solitude,« a chapter of »Walden«, the American poet and philosopher Henry Thoreau, describes the advantages of solitary life in his cabin in the woods of Massachusetts, where he lived as a hermit for two years beginning in 1845.
In addition to the text, abstract signs and elements printed on round filters reference r/dataisbeautiful, a subreddit dedicated to aesthetically pleasing works of data visualization and, in the case of Solitude, originating in graphics depicting global corona events in the spring of 2020.
In the context of Thoreau’s praise of nature and solitude, however, they could also be illustrations from the area around Walden Pond.
All of the materials used come from the medical field or the restoration supply industry. In order to emphasize the clear, almost sterile impression, there has not been used any color; the book comes to life through the different materials and white tones.
The book with a flexible binding made of Paraprint non-woven fabric is separately stored from the filters in a folded packaging made of archival cardboard, with a Silk-screened title. An overall object has been created which functions as a highly aesthetic document of time and conveys the elusive character of an invisible opponent via a vague nothingness. The beauty that combines graphics, reference to nature and production will only reveal itself after span of time.
The book is a collaboration with book artist Veronika Schäpers from Karlsruhe (DE).
Technical Data: 16 pages + 14 round filters, 27 x 22 cm
Printed with polymer plates on 598 filter paper and DP 598 150 round filters from Hahnemühle.
Binding made from Enduro Ice-paper and Paraprint non-woven fabric.
Box made of various corrugated archival cardboards from Klug Conservation, Silk-screened title.
Edition: 50 copies numbered with Arabic numerals, 8 copies numbered with Roman numerals
Published by Susan Pietzsch and Veronika Schäpers