Oil Slick Flag
By Dorothy Field
Victoria, British Columbia: Dorothy Field, 2005. One-of-a-Kind.
15.5 x 5.75"; 16 pages. Polaroid transfers on handmade paper. Unbound Tibetan style pages made of two layers of "vellum" with "oil slick (dry pigments in Crisco)" between so the "oil" doesn't migrate, Pellon wrapper dyed with sumi-e. Bookboard covers treated with powdered graphite, shellac, and alcohol. Red, white, and blue ribbon-tie closure.
S.I. Hayakawa quotation on the back of the front board: "Patriotic societies seem to think that the way to educate school children in a democracy is to stage bigger and better flag-saluting."
Colophon: "This book grew out of the ungodly proliferation of the American flag following 9/11 and the hijacking of the language of decency and integrity in the pursuit of power and oil. Dorothy Field took the photographs, dirtied the flags, and came up with the whole smutty concept....
"Fossil energy not only powers but feeds the modern world. We are literally eating oil." Ronald Wright in A SHORT HISTORY OF PROGRESS."