These "books" are a growing series of works about the effects of certain bark beetle species on Western forests. You can also view a video that offers inside page views, some of the science about the epidemic outbreaks, and comments from collaborators here on www.vimeo.com.

Insect Killed
(Volume I)

Book Details


Unique, not editioned

Bark-beetle-bored bark embedded in epoxy resin; laser-cut wooden pages that interpolate the front to the back cover shapes, including the holes that the beetles made; wire-edge bound with linen thread; wooden beads with burned in letters which spell "insect killed."

3.75" x 5" x 2" plus 6-inch strings and beads

Lingua Larvae,
the Language of Grubs
 

(Volume II )

Book Details


Unique, not editioned

Bark-beetle-bored bark embedded in epoxy resin; laser-cut
wooden pages that interpolate the front to the back cover shapes, digital image of pine-beetle bored cambium; wire-edge bound with linen thread; wooden beads with burned in letters which spell "lingua larvae."

3.75" x 10" x 2" plus 12-inch strings and beads

Bug Ruts
(Volume III)

Book Details


Unique, not editioned

Bark-beetle-bored bark embedded in epoxy resin; laser-cut felt pages that interpolate the front to the back cover shapes, dyed with iron oxide; wire-edge bound with linen thread; wooden "worry" beads

9.25" x 5" x 2.5" plus 6-inch strings and beads

 

Chewed and Charred
(Volume IV)

Book Details


Unique, not editioned

Laser-cut and etched-acrylic covers; laser-cut cork pages that interpolate the front to the back cover shapes; wire-edge bound with linen thread; wooden beads

12.5" x 6" x 3.75" plus 12-inch strings and beads

Coleoptera coniferi
(Volume V)

Book Details


Unique, not editioned

 Bark-beetle-bored bark embedded in epoxy resin; laser-cut and -etched cork pages that interpolate the front to the back cover shapes; wire-edge bound with linen thread; twig beads.

5.125" x 8.625" x 2.5" plus 15-inch strings and beads

Pine Beetle Killed,
Forest Fire Etched

(Volume VI)

Book Details


Unique, not editioned

Laser-cut and etched-wood covers; laser-cut felt pages that interpolate the front to the back cover shapes, dyed with iron oxide; wire-edge bound with linen thread; tea-dyed wooden letter beads

4.75" x 7.5" x 2.625" plus 10-inch strings and beads

Grub Nest
(Volume VII)

Book Details


Unique, not editioned

Stiffened, sewn and beaded laser-cut wool felt covers; laser-cut iron-oxide dyed wool felt pages that interpolate the front to the back cover shapes; white-bead "grubs" sewn into "galleries;" wire-edge bound with linen thread; wooden beads.

12.5" x 5" x 2.5" plus 7-inch strings and beads

Larva Galleria
(Volume VIII)

Book Details


Unique, not editioned

Bark-beetle-bored bark embedded in epoxy resin; laser-cut and iron-oxide-dyed felt pages that interpolate the front to the back cover shapes, sewn into "galleries" with white-bead "grubs"; wire-edge bound with linen thread; wooden beads with burned in letters which spell the title.

12.5" x 6" x 3.75" plus 10-inch strings and beads

Untitled
(Volume IX)

Book Details


Unique, not editioned

Bark-beetle-bored bark embedded in epoxy resin; laser-cut and wood pages that interpolate the front to the back cover shapes, engraved with tracks of different bark beetle species; wire-edge bound with linen thread; wooden beads.

9.25" x 5.25" x 3" plus 7-inch strings and beads

Encyclopedia Beetletainia
(Volume X)

Book Details


Unique, not editioned

Laser-cut and -etched acrylic; laser-cut wood pages that interpolate the front to the back cover shapes, engraved with tracks of different bark beetle species; copper foil stamped name plates; wire-edge bound with linen thread; wooden beads.

9.25" x 5.25" x 2.25" plus 11.5-inch strings and beads

Teanaway Log
(Volume XI)

Book Details


Unique, not editioned

Fir-engraver-inscribed wood; wire-edge bound with linen thread; magnets.

8"W x 4.85"L x 4.5"H closed


Buprestid Katakana

(Volume XII)

Book Details


Unique, not editioned

Alaska yellow cedar, leather, linen thread

9"H x 8"W x 4"D closed


Forest Decomposition
(Volume XIII)

Book Details


Unique, not editioned

Beetle-inscribed bark embedded in epoxy resin covers; laser-cut mat board pages with tea-dyed rice paper and pyrography; viscose endpapers, linen thread

9"H x 8"W x 4"D closed

Photo of Suze Woolf artist book about bark beetles
Ars datum est
(Volume XIV)

Book Details


Unique, not editioned

Fir-engraver-inscribed log; laser-cut mat board; paint; linen thread.

16.5"H x 5" diameter, closed

Each page is essentially a bar from a bar chart representing the areas affected in British Columbia and Alberta from 1999-2007.


Red Stage
(Volume XIV)

Book Details


Unique, not editioned

Mountain pine beetle galleries in pine bark embedded in resin, laser-cut bamboo pages with color laserprint transfers, industrial wool felt, wire, linen thread.

15"H x 7.5"W x 3"D, closed

LANDSAT based surveys classify forest health according to pixel hue: green is healthy, red has been recently killed by beetles, grey has been dead for one or more seasons.

Spatial Niche Partitioning
(Volume XVI)

Book Details


Unique, not editioned

Bark beetle galleries on pine branch, laser-cut mat board pages with laserprint transfers, , elastic thread.

22.5"L x 2.0"-4.75" diam

Different species of beetles space themselves out along the height of the tree according to their use of resources. Aggressive mountain pine beetles get the lowest portion of the trunk, where the most nutrients are flowing up and down the tree.


Nihon Calligraphia
(Volume XVII)

Book Details


Unique, not editioned

Alaska yellow cedar, leather, linen thread

14"H x 3.625"W x 3.5"D closed; 29"W open

An accordion-fold book, more like a Japanese screen than the Western codex, using similar materials to Volume XII.

 

Black Branch
(Volume XVIII)

Book Details


Unique, not editioned

Maple branch, laser-cut and -engraved bamboo pages, felt end papers, linen thread

27"L x 3.5"D closed; 3.5" diameter

A difficult book to create pages and binding for, since the limb was both arched and its split was twisted. The engravings of beetle galleries spread up the pages from the bottom, back to front.

Photo of Suze Woolf artist book about bark beetles

Poetry Sticks 
(Volume XIX, A and B)

Book Details


Unique, not editioned

Bark beetle galleries on small pine branches, laser-cut and engraved cotton vellum pages, leather, spine silk thread.

8.5"L x 1" diam
9"L x 1" diam

These books include two poems by Melinda Mueller. My favorite line of Larva (XIXA) is, "they write by excavation, by/gnawing forward toward the next life,/the life with wings."

Unwinding through Time 
(Volume XX)

Book Details


Unique, not editioned

Bark beetle galleries on alpine fir or pine, printed Tyvek, metal latch hardware

6"H x 3.5" diam

The "pages" here are strips of USFS Aerial Detection Survey maps  in a triangular helical cylinder origami fold. The maps show a small portion of North Central Washington from 1996 to 2009.

The Curve of Loss
(Volume XXI)

Book Details


Unique, not editioned

Dyed silk, embroidery floss, branches

Scroll: 24.5”W x 17”H x 1”D
Case: 13”H x 3.125” diam

The top embroidered curve is the loss to western forest lands caused by all bark beetles from 2000 to 2012, ~46 million acres. The lower curve is losses due solely to mountain pine beetle. The threads mark year points.

Data from Union of Concerned Scientists, "Rocky Mountain Forests at Risk"