Minneapolis book artist Jody Williams has won the 2019 Minnesota Book Artist Award for her book "For Now," an art book that is both an intricate box and a puzzle.
"For Now" is an exploration of the number four. Less than three inches high, the book opens up into four tiny boxes, each holding a vial of a different kind of dust and attached to four accordion-folded pages. The four sections of the book correlate to the four directions and elements, and to four places: West/Water/Hawaii; North/Earth/Minnesota; East/Air/Ireland; and South/Fire/Florida.
In a statement, the judges said the book was "small in scale, but monumental in terms of creative achievement. ... The poetic nature of the language, the delightful illustrations and the unknown inclusion of powdered substances all contribute to a sense of magic."
Williams is a book artist, printmaker, teacher and writer. She has published more than 24 artist's books and teaches both at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts.
She will be honored in April at the Minnesota Book Awards gala, and an exhibit of her work will be on display Feb. 12-April 21 on the second floor of the Open Book building, 1011 Washington Av. S., Mpls., where there will be a reception at 6 p.m. Feb. 21.