Common Matrix (2018)

Helen Ip
Common Matrix (2018)
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A dos-a-dos hardcover, matte foil stamped with the official alien title of the archive. Binding and construction inspired from a Chinese folk tradition, Zhen Xian Bao (layered nested boxes inside a wallet-shaped covering). Papers from found books.

Common Matrix presents a speculative future in which an alien civilization creates an archive of detritus that they believe is emblematic of a former, non-transformed human population (the humans of today). The archive will be composed of the book itself, and various objects collected by the artist herself. The book is decorated and annotated with alien language (a typeface designed by the author), and futuristic patterning.

About the artist:
Helen Ip is a multidisciplinary artist and art director based in
Oakland, California. Her work has been featured on AIGA Eye on Design, Leben Liebe Grafik and Women of Graphic Design.
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