Book of Shadows is a collection of prose by Kayla Guthrie that was the subject of her solo exhibition at Young Art in Los Angeles in 2012.
These short pieces describe the activation of inner states - synesthetic illuminations, dissociative episodes and intuitive flashes - which flow from the narrator's encounters with the world, often with a measure of contempt. In response, she calls upon the magical chaos of words as a form of psychic self-defense.
"I've spent a lot of time in that part of life," I remember an old poet once saying to me slowly with a fixed smile, as we stood in her kitchen. A fixed smile of openness, a fixed smile of boundaries. A fixed smile like a fence or a cloud, levitating. What is important but a stone, or a person like a stone, existing for thousands of years. The wind blows, my eyebrows, distracted now. I have dropped a lot of things in the garbage. In these ideal moments, I feel like I'm running free. Seems as if everything would fall into place through this tunnel, this thick tornado, wind and garbage.
This special edition book was designed by Eric Wrenn and printed and hand-bound in NYC.
Book of Shadows, 2014
5 color letterpress, hand-bound with accordion fold 7.5 x 5 inches, 7.5 x 120 inches (opened), 24 pages, Edition of 50 designed by Eric Wrenn