9 1/2"x12 1/2"
"the contortionist" was my mid-term project for kurt hollomon's word+image class in the fall of 2009. the book was made mostly of mailing supplies--envelopes, stamps, labels, twine--as well as a typewriter and yellow legal pad.
it is the story of "the paper contortionist," a nameless shapeshifter who spends his days traveling the world via postal service.
the character was developed using blind contours i drew of my room mate, danny felts.
the fact that my character, even in real life, was a two dimensional object made it easy to fold him up and send him off wherever i wanted him to go, and it also made for the perfect opportunity to develop an interactive book.
(each airplane can be unfolded to reveal a portrait of the contortionist.)
(a love letter, one of the object the contortionist travels inside of.)