Restless Dust Postcards
Restless Dust Postcards

By Gail Wight
San Francisco, California: San Francisco Center for the Book, 2010. Edition of 100.

6 x 4” a set of 4 postcards and sheet of stamps. Postcards separated by perforation. Letterpress and pigments prints. Signed and numbered by the artist. In cellophane envelope.

Gail Wight: “’Restless Dust Postcards’ is the accompanying trade edition of ‘Restless Dust’. It includes an accordion-fold set of four postcards separated by perforation. The postcards are letterpress and the sheet of stamps are archival pigment prints. Text and images come from the ‘Restless Dust’ book. The text of the book invites Charles Darwin’s ghost to sail to present day San Francisco and wander with me through the greater Bay Area. The focus of the journey is three-fold: to celebrate Northern California’s unique species; to examine Darwin’s legacy and its impact on the Bay Area; and to acknowledge the fragile and endangered state of local flora and fauna, beleaguered by environmental degradation during Darwin’s time and my own. Created while in residence with the Imprint at the San Francisco Center for the Book.

“The title is a remix of a quote from Mary Wollstonecraft: ‘It appears to me impossible that I should cease to exist, or that this active, restless spirit, equally alive to joy and sorrow, should be only organized dust.’”