Press Release

    The House of the Haunted Ink Bottle is a collaboration between Escape
    Mechanism and The Midden Heap Press. The five minute and forty-seven second
    piece, consisting of hundreds of vocal fragments, is based upon a passage from
    James Joyce's Finnegans Wake.

    The words were sought out by sound collagist Jonathan Nelson one-at-a-time
    from film, television, radio, and books on tape--sometimes syllable by syllable-- to
    approximate as closely as possible, the spirit of Joyce's experimental novel.

    The House of the Haunted Ink Bottle describes Shem's lair and lists the objects
    littering the interior. The artist Shem, an "alshemist," transforms his rubbish into
    art. In Finnegans Wake James Joyce uses the image of a midden heap as a
    metaphor for artistic creation. Finnegans Wake itself may be seen as a massive
    recycling machine containing fragments of everything. It is a cultural midden filled
    with layer upon layer of reference to myth, history, literature, popular songs,
    children's games, the author's biography, and a multitude of other sources.

    Heather Ryan Kelley is professor of art at McNeese State University in Lake
    Charles, Louisiana.  Her work has been shown in Dublin at the James Joyce
    Centre and at the Graphic Studio Gallery, The American Irish Historical Society in
    New York, and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Austin. The
    intaglio prints for The House of the Haunted Ink Bottle were made at the Cill
    Rialaig Project in Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry, Ireland.

    Kelley’s suite of etchings entitled The Thunderwords of Finnegans Wake is a part
    of the collections of Cornell University, New York Public Library’s Berg Collection,
    The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas, and
    SUNY at Buffalo.

    Since at least 1997, Escape Mechanism's Jonathan Nelson has used nothing but
    sounds found in the broadcast media to create new and original works of sound
    collage. He has moved from the production studio to live performance, sound
    installation, theatrical  sound design, and multiple  collaborations with audio,
    video and visual artists from a variety of disciplines.

    Nelson hosted the Minneapolis-based radio show, Some Assembly Required ,
    from 1999 to 2011.  The program was a weekly exploration of sample-based
    music and audio art and is archived at   

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The portrait is printed on Rives BFK (a
100% rag paper) using pigmented
archival inks.

numbered copies.

$28.00 (postage included)

The image is based  upon the 1918
Zurich photograph of Joyce located in
the Poetry Collection of SUNY.

House of the Haunted Ink Bottle
CD Single
5 minutes 47 seconds
$7.50 (postage included)
from a set of collages based upon the 628
pages of James Joyce’s
Finnegans Wake.
See a selection of pages here.

The images are printed with archival
pigmented inks. The title page is printed on
Moab Moenkopi Unryu.

This book is published in an edition of thirty-
two, plus three artist proofs.

Page size: 8 x 5.5 inches
Thirty-two pages, plus front and back matter.  
Cover: ink resist on Murillo paper. Each cover
is unique.   

75.00 (postage included)       

The upcoming series of  volumes titled
Studies after Finnegans Wake: The Midden
p will follow the pagination of the text.
This project is supported in part by a grant from the
Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation, the
Louisiana Division of the Arts Office of Cultural
Development, Department of Culture, Recreation &
Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State
Arts, a Federal agency.
Shem the Penman, 2014

(pages 169 to 195 of Finnegans Wake)

accordion book
archival pigmented ink on Moab Entrada Rag paper
closed: 5.25 x 4 x 1 inch
open: variable, up to 7 feet wide

100.00  (postage included)
Washers at the Ford, 2014

(pages 196 to 216 of Finnegans Wake)

accordion book
archival pigmented ink on Moab Entrada Rag paper
closed: 5.25 x 4 x .5  inches
open: variable, up to 5.5 feet wide

75.00  (postage included)
doublin their mumper, 2014

maze book
archival pigmented ink on Moab Entrada Rag paper
closed: 2.75 x 2.75 x 0.5 inches
open: 8 x 16 inches

25.00  (postage included)