By Tara O'Brien
Philadelphia: Ink Fish Press, 2007. Edition of 5.
5.5 x 9.5 x 2.5" cloth-covered clamshell box containing three books. Each book 40 unnumbered pages. Each book printed on paper that has been washed in the body of water indicated in the book's title, i.e., the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, or Wissahickon Creek (southeastern Pennsylvania).
Tara O'Brien, colophon: "Entelechy: in some philosophical systems, a vital force that directs an organism toward self-fulfillment.
"It started as an experiment. What would happen if I washed paper in a local creek? How would the minerals in the water affect the paper?
"Rather than making a fascinating discovery of nature, I witnessed the affects of nature on life. And instead of beginning a new body of work it became continuation of previous work. An interest in the quest: How is life lived?
"Each book is printed on paper that has been washed in the body of water indicated in the book's title. Sitting still while waiting for the paper to dry, gave me the opportunity to observe what was happening around me. Beginning with Wissahickon Creek, these observations first center upon the basic survival instinct, then move to reflections on love and family in Atlantic Ocean. The series culminates in Pacific Ocean, a book addressing many facets of the cycle of life, including death, marriage, birth, and relationships. Together, the texts provide examples of what drives us to continue living."