This current, ongoing project explores how people covet discreet certainties of intellectual, cultural, spiritual, and philosophical lineage and navigate the space between such disparate pieces of information. How are personal histories concieved in such as way as to better recognize patterns that only previous generations have lived through?


Chelsea Herman. "Eidolon Series." Multimedia drawings on Khadi paper; charred wood, lead type, dry grass, and plastic embedded in paraffin wax bases. Text by Chelsea Herman and excerpts from additional sources handset and printed letterpress. Each piece is approximately 16"X16"X78," 2019. Text excerpts pictured sourced from: Dunfield, R.W. (1985) "The Atlantic salmon in the history of North America." Canadian Special Publication of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 80, 27-28.


Limn was inspired by the idea that we are recognizably human for a fleeting period of time. Eventually, the awareness and physical nature of individuals change. When we think we recognize traces of life in something that is not living, it tends to startle us. Perhaps recognizing aspects of our selves reflected in nature can be alarming because it hints at how fleeting our current state is. Body-like shapes emerge from landscape imagery and ink drawings erode, transform, disappear, and reappear as they soak through thin, semi transparent pages. The book is flanked by large-scale drawings.

Limn includes etchings printed by hand and drawn on. Title and colophon set in Caslon and printed letterpress on Gampi paper. Bound in painted paste paper. Cover size when closed: 13”X15,” 2010. Edition of four.

Limn includes artist's book (cover size 13”X15” when closed) and two mixed media drawings assembled from free-hanging sections of paper. Approximate dimensions of each drawing: 120"X 168." 2010.