Artist Books

A Kerosene Beauty

A Kerosene Beauty, published by David Pascoe of Nawakum Press, is a stunning artist's book inspired by nature  and an acute awareness of it's fragility.  Beneath it's slate stone leaf cover, it holds twelve searing poems by the poet Jane Hirshfield, lamenting the potential apocalypse that Global Climate Change represents, and seven hauntingly beautiful mezzotints by Holly, each inspired by the words of one of the poems. The text was printed in cast lead type by Pat Reagh in Sebastopol, California and the book bound by Lisa Van Pelt of Philo, California.  With 48 pages comprised of  half dozen elegant papers, the book measures 15" x 9" and is housed in a Japanese wooden book and drawstring bag.

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Listen to Jane Hirshfield reading one of her poems, my favorite...

Peruvian Portals

Peruvian Portals, a collaboration with poet David St. John, is a collection of seven mezzotint engravings by Holly inspired by experiences in the Peruvian Andes, and six poems by David, influenced by the indigenous Quechua folksongs of the area and written for the images. One of the poems “Doorway Song”, was translated into the Ecuadorian version of Quechua, Kichwa by Margot Cifuentes. The text was handset and printed by Eric Johnson of Iota Press, Sebastopol. The unbound collection is housed in a linen clamshell box, and is available in a small edition, including a deluxe edition of 3, each with a drawing of one of the mezzotints.

Listen to an audio recording of David St. John's poem Doorway Song, in English by David and in Kichwa by Margot Cifuentes.


It's All Connected: Threatened, Endangered, Disappearing

It's All Connected: Threatened, Endangered, Disappearing is an accordion artist's book composed of seven 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" mezzotint engravings and some drypoint, on Rives BFK. The images are of endangered environmental habitats - honeycomb, coral, water, rainforest, sand dunes, wetlands, and ice floes. Letterpress titles at front and back are by Iota Press of Sebastopol, California in Centaur types. Folded 6 1/2" x 6 1/2"; open 6 1/2" x approx. 32".



Arch is a collaboration with Jack Stauffacher, letterpress printer and proprietor of The Greenwood Press, San Francisco. It includes five mezzotint engravings by Holly of Italian vernacular architecture from Montecastello di Vibio and Perugia, Italy, printed on Rives BFK. The text is hand set in Méridien types and is an excerpt from Paul Valéry’s Dialogues, Eupalinos, or the Architect. Hand binding with Japanese bookcloths is by Foolcap Press of Santa Cruz. Support thanks to the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Chicago.