Yellow Paper, by Shirley Sharoff
(Shirley Sharoff) Yellow Paper. Artist’s book by Shirley Sharoff. [Paris. 2000.] 6.25” x 8.25”. The artist made crushed-paper collages mixed with maps of the region to suggest both journey and terrain, one of which is found in the book. The cover is a scan of this collage. Two other collage scans are among the images as well as photos and map collages on transparent plastic. ‘The star of the book’ – the yellow paper, is the means through which all the elements of the book are viewed. Collaged boards with green paper spine with the same green paper forming an envelope-type wrapper to hold the sheets of the book. Wrapped in thicker yellow paper and tied with blue string. One in an edition of 15 signed copies. Fine.
Sharoff writes: “An artist friend living in Toulon in the south of France showed me a pile of sturdy yellow tissue paper that had come from her great-grandfather’s mill. There were other papers too – anthracite and pink, but I was particularly impressed by this paper with a non-commercial yellow color that seemed to have traversed the century. Sophie Menuet agreed to write a text about how she had used her ancestor’s mill as an artist’s studio, what it looked like and how she had transported this paper from place to place in the Provencal countryside when she changed studios, and that was often.”“…The book has become the final destination of the yellow paper in that Sophie Menuet has moved once again and has decided not to take the paper with her.”