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born: 1978

United States

Selector Statement

Before digital printing presses, newspapers were printed using letterpress type. Typesetters combined lead letters, stored in cabinets like this one, to create words that were inked and impressed on newsprint. Alphabit is a contemporary play on the letterpress technique, in which glass letters, made using the ancient technique of murrine, stand in for the lead ones. Displayed in backlighted trays reminiscent of digital device screens, Lee’s glass letters bring the heft of material back to the dematerialized process of writing in the computer age.

–Silbert, Susie J.