Lost Cities is an artist book project comprised of a limited edition series of forty hand-bound books and and an e-book created in collaboration with Irene Lee.
The project started in May 2014 with the goal of creating a limited edition series of handmade artist books that would reflect the significance of a book as an object. To complement it, and to accommodate today’s digital era, an ebook would be released simultaneously. The project took off thanks to Kickstarter funding, and the hand-bound books were released in February 2015 at Molasses Books in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The ebook release was delayed, but was finally released May 2016.
Lost Cities features the work of four people. The two stories are linked by themes of stillness and isolation. In The Optometrist, Irene Lee tells the story of a woman living in a post-apocalyptic city who makes a map to reconnect to humanity. Rachel TonThat’s City of Night explores a sunless city whose inhabitants experience dreams and memories through living nightmares. Louis Thomas is a Parisian illustrator, animator, and photographer whose photographs are featured at the beginning of each chapter, and in the fold out panel in the hand-bound book. Brittni Zotos is a New York printmaker and artist who makes abstract and organic compositions that invoke the feel of landscapes. Her work appears on the ebook cover, book flyleaves, and center panel.
The Lost Cities ebook is available in iBooks and the Kindle Bookstore.