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Drafts: Letters Unsent, ROMAN NVMERALS, Vol. XVII, by Ann Burke Daly


In a blurring of the genres of memoir and fiction, Drafts: Letters Unsent, is a meditation on the narrator’s detective work, through unsent letters, which attempt to “make sense” of the catastrophic aftermath of WWI, WWII, and the Korean War, for her family. Radical doubt regarding documents, particularly photographs, and the active dynamic of interpretation, underscores the role of desire and psychological projection through this forensic search, and the difficulty of knowing “what has been.”

16 pages / 6 x 8.5 in.
8 full-spread plates
Saddle-stitched softcover
on Mohawk Superfine
signed edition of 20
Printed at Meridian in RI
ROMAN NVMERALS Books, Brooklyn, 2016





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Box of Fiction, Roman Nvmerals,Vol. LVII, by Ann Burke Daly


Ann Daly’s Box of Fiction, is a photographic essay on the uncanny afterlife of objects, photographs, narratives, and biographies inherited through material and verbal fragments, and of the act of documenting—as in a crime scene— the contents of a cardboard box discovered a decade after the death of the artist’s mother. For Daly, the work of interpretation does not rest, rather it remains agitated within a palimpsest of silencing surrounding catastrophic family events.

16 pages / 6 x 8.5 in.
9 plates; 6 full-spread
Saddle-stitched softcover
on Mohawk Superfine
signed edition of 20
Printed at Meridian in RI
ROMAN NVMERALS Books, Brooklyn, 2016

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Artist PhotoBooks in Production - Studio Views and Production shots. Ann Burke Daly Studio, NY.

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Ann Burke Daly's Artist Books
Published July 2016 with ROMAN NVMERALS
Drafts: Letters Unsent and Box of Fiction, launched in August at the ICP MUSEUM NYC and MoMA PS1 NY 2016 NYABF. The books grew out of the anti-blog Drafts: Letters Unsent and the piece Box of Fiction: Postcard from the Sea, on this site. 

Printed at renowned photo book printer Meridian in RI. Available at Spaces Corners at the ICP MUSEUM NYC or via their website and also on the ROMAN NVMERALS Books website. 

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Through the arc of her work, Ann Burke Daly is concerned with the uncanny afterlife of objects, photographs, narratives, and biographies inherited through material and verbal fragments, and of the act of documenting—as in a crime scene. She uses various forensic methods, such as the format for 20th century police identity records in Drafts: Letters Unsent (2016); methods of forensic crime scene photography in Box of Fiction (2016), Script: Franco is Still Dead (2017) and Conversations and Specters (2015-2018) and her work at Versailles France Anti-monuments - Aview, Awry, De\Tour\1\2, Notational Photos, and Hole Modern -  (2000-2020), and of both crime scene and forensic archivist in The Automaton Olympia's Cabinet of Curiosity (1995-2001) and The Automaton Olympia's Archive (1998-2001); or of the debunked pseudo-science phrenology in Again, Someplace Else (1992-95).


For Daly, the work of interpretation does not rest.

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