Paper Road

Paper Road


Artist: Nicole Lavelle

This book is the final document of a year-long research project conducted while Nicole was a Graduate Fellow at the Headlands Center for the Arts from July 2016 to July 2017.

The research process and story both begin at her family's summer cabin in Lagunitas, California. The book is a non-linear narrative of fragments, recontextualized image and text collected from private and public archives and collections. The content she assembled from research materials is annotated in first-person narrative, explaining the wild connections that emerged between everything.

The book contains 450 pages of annotated narrative, an introductory essay, a conversation with archivist and independent scholar Rick Prelinger, a non-functional (but poetic!) index, and a bibliography.

The book measures 6.5x9 inches. It is printed in California: on a Risograph duplicator in West Marin, a laser printer in Sausalito, and a photocopier in Rodeo. Its interior pages are cheap white photocopy paper and its cover is two-tone blue file-folder. It is perfect-bound and reinforced with black cloth tape.

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