The gessoed pages and gold hand-lettered text of my artists’ book FACTS ©1986, shown here as a detail, come from a Principles of Ecology workbook (circa late 1970s?). I remember searching for facts, statements that seemed to be neutral, free from the author’s/culture’s subjectivity and seemed to express a simple powerful truth. The text pages alternate with drawings of fossilized shells – common in the creek beds of our area of SW Ohio.
The resulting text:
When plants and animals die they decompose.
The daily and seasonal movements of the sun have profound effects on
the activity patterns of animals.
Young trees are always ready to replace dead ones of the same species.