Daniel E. Kelm and Barry Moser
Kelm: American, 1951-; Moser: American, 1940-

Text by Mary Shelley. Cast paper pulp, oil painted and onlaid goatskin leather, cast resin, silk and linen thread, and leather binding. Collection of Barry Moser. Photographs by Daniel E. Kelm.


This dramatic binding for Barry Moser’s rendition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was issued in a limited edition of five copies produced outside of the regular edition. While considering the proper approach, Kelm and Moser discussed two possible dramatic moments in the text to capture in the binding: the monster’s escape over the ice floes or a close-up image of his hand. Moser’s hand served as the model for this design, first cast in plaster, then in wax for additional sculpting, and finally back to plaster from which the paper hand was cast. The hollow backside of the paper casting was infilled with resin, while the outside was onlaid with a sculpted layer of textured and painted goatskin.

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