Archeologies of Loss

Poems by Sarah Lantz. Chine colle etchings by Sarah Horowitz. Remembrance by Eleanor Wilner. 2010
15 x 9 inches with slipcase, edition of 25. SOLD OUT

In Archeologies of Loss, the persistent conversation between the poems and the etchings conveys their shared temporal quality. Archeologies deals with collective memories, their loss and disintegration but also their rediscovery and unearthing through individual histories- those of Sarah Lantz and her poems. Lantz, who passed away suddenly in September 2007 just after the publication of her first book, explores themes of the passing of time, absence, deterioration and loss in her poems. She muses, “How ludicrous we are,/ one moment a conjunction/ of trembling, the next/ the light, though light/ cannot reside anywhere/ nor the endings be always happy.” She weaves into it both personal moments and of conflict, specifically the lost world of Europe's Jews, reclaiming an identity with a community of loss.
My images, primarily through plants, elicit ephemerality— their growth, decay and dispersal of seed, eventually disintegrating to leave only the fibrous skeleton. I hope to capture a lightness, a sense of space, in spite of the ever-present fragility and mortality, reflected in my memories of desert winter landscapes—golden sun-bleached grass, charcoal woody stems and white snow.

This project was made possible in part by a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council, Portland Oregon.

book bound in flax by Cave Paper title page poem: From Nothing poem: The Moon's Migrations transparent gampi page with print page turned, print and poem visible poem: Poland final colophon