Book Launch: The Book of Small Regrets by Ellen Sollod in conversation with Marcie Sillman
Join artist/writer Ellen Sollod for a brief multimedia presentation of The Book of Small Regrets, followed by a spirited conversation with award-winning radio journalist Marcie Sillman. The Book of Small Regrets was created in response to the COVID crisis when even the smallest slights could seem catastrophic. Sollod tapped her social network to contribute their own small regrets, impulse purchases and “comfort” foods to which they turned to manage their pandemic anxiety. These acted as prompts for the creation of the book. As an artist-conceived and designed book, it straddles the genres of writing and visual art. While it is a traditional codex form, it expands the definition of what a book can be and encourages the reader/viewer to broaden their own preconceived notions of “book.” Combining writing, drawing and photography, the book explores the universal experiences we all have as human beings with foibles and challenges. It brings together a light-hearted touch with a sense of humility.
This project is supported in part by the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture City Artists Program.
Marcie Sillman is an award-winning radio journalist. For more than three decades, she covered arts for Seattle’s KUOW and NPR. She is now co-host of the arts podcast doublExposure.
Ellen Sollod is a Seattle-based interdisciplinary artist whose is best known for her artist books and her site specific public art installations. Her artist books combine writing, photography, drawing and printmaking. She is represented in numerous museum and university collections, including Yale University Center for the Book, NYPL Spencer Collection of Prints and Drawings, University of Washington Suzallo Library Special Collections, University of Puget Sound Collins Library, Seattle Art Museum Dorothy Bullitt Library, and Tufts University Special Collections. Ellen has received artist residencies and awards from Ucross Foundation, Playa, Brush Creek Arts Foundation, Willapa Bay AIR, Centrum, 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts and Culture.