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The Stratigraphic Archives

Michele Burgess’s ongoing series, “The Stratigraphic Archives” is an exploration of the processes, forms, and markings that reflect the patterns, gestures, and atmospheres of both quiet and cataclysmic events—natural and human made. She is interested in the relationship of these events to the human condition and the conditions of nature at its most fragile. Since 2005, she has been creating artist’s books that explore palimpsest, time and gesture, erasure and “repair.” Working in collaboration with other artists and poets, she seeks to combine human history and natural history, bringing these themes together in an essential way, working with ideas inspired by places such as churches and reliquaries, geological sites, art museums, personal memory, natural history museums, riverbeds and ocean floors, library rare book rooms, cemeteries, and glaciers.

“The Stratigraphic Archives” (as of Spring 2016)

One complete set of "The Stratigraphic Archives", Volumes I-X, $33,000.

Published editions:

Vol. I Repair, poems by Bill Kelly; paintings and intaglios by Michele Burgess. Edition of 30. 2006. P.O.R. (Out of print.)
Vol. II Herbarium, prose poem (“Without Death”) by Marie Luise Kaschnitz (translation by Lisel Mueller); etchings by Michele Burgess. Edition of 30. 2010. (Out of print.)
Vol. III Grave Deposits, prose poem by Marie Luise Kaschnitz (translation by Lisel Mueller); digital photographs by Michele Burgess. Edition of 30. 2010. (Out of print.)
Vol. IV The Diener, poem by Martha Serpas; etchings and cast bronze sculpture by Michele Burgess. Edition of 30. 2011. (Out of print.)
Vol. V A Torn Web, poems by Ruth Stone; etchings by Michele Burgess. Edition of 40. 2012. (Out of print.)
Vol. VI A Last Cloud, poems by Ruth Stone and Chard deNiord; etchings by Michele Burgess. Edition of 40. 2013. $2,500.
Vol. VII The Book of Darkness, poem by Chard deNiord; etchings by Michele Burgess. Edition of 40. 2015. (Out of print.)
Vol. VIII Skin of Grace, poem by Nancy Willard; hand painted collages by Michele Burgess. Edition of 15. 2016. (Out of print.)
Vol. IX Reliquary, poems by Martha Serpas; prints by Michele Burgess. Edition of 40. 2016. $3,800.
Vol. X Ghost Trees, poem by Martha Serpas; prints by Michele Burgess. Edition of 25. 2017. Prepublication price: $3,800.

One-of-a-kind book:

“Story,” aquatint etchings printed on Gampi paper with additions of shale, coal, and ash by Michele Burgess. Quarter leather binding with marbled paper. 2008. $2,500.