BravinLee programs is pleased to present Es-tu comme moi? an artist book by Donna Ruff. Donna Ruff is interested in written language: as visual object and sign, to communicate or obfuscate, and in which authorship is far from certain. Books, as containers of information and narrative, remain mute when closed. Her intention is to explode the book, allow its text to burst from its covers, forming palpable spatial interjections. In Es-tu comme moi?, (are you like me?) two nineteenth century letterpress books are joined in increasingly jumbled conversation. The books are two volumes from a number of stories published in France that were meant as morality lessons for young women. The text from a systematic series of pages from each book is cut and printed by lithograph on kozo paper.
Donna Ruff has created book and text installations for the Eldridge Street Project and for ArtSPACE New Haven. Her work has been included in the International Print Triennial in Prague, Paper[Space] at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, and Qville at the Flux Factory, Long Island City.