By Margaret Suchland
Tucson, Arizona: Margaret Suchland, 2017. One-of-a-Kind.
2.25 x 11" closed. Accordion. Materials: vintage Japanese flash cards; archival adhesive tape.
Margaret Suchland: "'Nippon Graphemes' is a unique book that reflects my interest in mark making and the graphic quality of typography and various orthographic symbols found in world languages. This multi paneled accordion book is composed of vintage Japanese flash cards that have been formed into pages. Using vintage ephemera is appealing to me because of the subtle evidence of past human presence.
"Multiple cards were first folded and then joined together with archival adhesive tape to create an accordion pleated housing to support the cards. The cards were then attached to the valleys of the pleated base using adhesive tape. Found objects and ephemera are often found in my work. There is beauty in their faded colors and their subtle evidence of the past. I enjoy rescuing them and find it magical to change their context and thereby create a new interpretation of them."
Nippon refers to the state of Japan.
Grapheme, in linguistics, is the smallest unit of a writing system of any given language. An individual grapheme may or may not carry meaning by itself, and may or may not correspond to a single phoneme of the spoken language.