Context of a Red Dress
By Patricia M. Smith
Philadelphia, PA: P. S. Press / Borowsky Center for Publication Arts
2005. Edition of 60.
4.875 x 6.75". Flag book structure. Printed by the artist on the Davidson 901offset press at The University of the Arts, Philadelphia. Mohawk Superfine paper. James Engelbart assisted with the binding. Produced for the Thesaurus Book Exchange, a collection of books by the alumni and faculty of the MFA Book Arts/Printmaking Program at The University of the Arts, Philadelphia.
This book plays with words like a new writer with her first thesaurus. One on level it flips through synonyms for "red dress"; on another it treats context by exclaiming about the s/he in the red dress, the cardinal duds, the titian frock, etc. The flag structure is well suited for this sort of play.