Chris Fritton and Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder: Please Stay Until Doomsday

Join us on Thursday, May 23 at 6:00 pm CST/7:00 pm EST for the next BAS presenters!

Chris Fritton and Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder will present "Please Stay Until Doomsday," an artist's book comprising multiple devices that create an (almost) infinitely variable poem. The talk will focus on the construction of the book as an object, the collaborative writing and design process, and the inspiration behind the piece. Please Stay Until Doomsday is a planispheric map of our internal space. The folio houses a set of volvelles that revolve around themes of isolation, connection, and the inevitable phases of a relationship. The first sequence of concentric rings conjures a series of unique poems made by adjusting silver handles reminiscent of constellations in a night sky. Each poem is a singular instance of hundreds of possibilities, and each adjustment creates a new iteration. These stellar poetic arrangements are elaborated further by the adjacent volvelle, which reveals nine static poems accompanied and adorned by illustrations of human experiences envisioned as celestial bodies. Throughout history we have looked to the skies for guidance and perspective. This book is a map of the sky, as well as a map of ourselves. It represents our internal cosmos: the dynamic reality of love and loss; the effect of proximity and gravity; the danger and delight of longing; the loneliness we feel even in the midst of people – each of us a body unto ourselves, in conversation with, adjacent to, but never really connected to, others.

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Radha Pandey is a papermaker and letterpress printer. She earned her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book. She specializes in Indo-Islamic Papermaking and teaches book arts classes in India, Europe and the US.

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