Continual Conversations with a Silent Man
by Robbin Ami Silverberg
Varied edition of 10 / Dobbin Books, 2014
Archival inkjet photography & text on Dobbin Mill papers / underwear / foil / magnets
Continual Conversation… is a book within a book: The substantive stab binding of blue & black contains a sequence of pages, with embedded girls’ underwear & cut player piano slots. Out of context, the panties become anthropomorphized masks, along with ominously suggesting those little girls now absent. A much smaller booklet can be found inside the back cover. Idiosyncratic images and a text present the tale of an abused woman & her daughter, who are pushed to suicide by their absent husband/father. It is based on Love Suicides, microfiction by Yasunari Kawabata, and told here with the descriptive titles of Wallace Stevens’ poems. Together this strange story and the panties of absent girls create a disconcerting dialogue of misogyny & loss.