Suzanne Sawyer. (To Make You See). No 13 of an edition of 50.
(Tuscaloosa. AL: Down Home Girl Studio. 2012). Sam Fleming Southern Civilization Collection.
Vanderbilt University Special Collections
[To Make You See] was created by Suzanne Sawyer for the Al Mutanabbi Street Book Arts Coalition Project. Sawyer, a recent graduate of the Book Arts program of the University of Alabama, established her own studio in Tuscaloosa, where she works as an artist, printer and binder. Al Mutanabbi Street, a center for bookselling and the Baghdad literary community, was reopened in 2008 afar a 2007 bombing. At least 30 people were killed and more than 100 were wounded. Quotations about the importance of the written word and the power of grieving, overlaying a map of Baghdad, are featured on a single sheet Turkish fold in Sawyer's book. Quotations from the writings of English novelist Joseph Conrad (1857-1921), on the powers of awareness, and Roman philosopher Lucius Annaes Seneca (c. 4 BC-AD 65), who writes of the value of grieving to inner peace, form the text. Sawyer's structure allows the words to emerge in an explosive fashion, reminiscent of a bomb.