Green Salad 2001

Katherine Glover, Green Salad, 2001; NMWA Library and Research Center Book Acquisition Fund

Green Salad is a love story. It recalls a day when the artist and her young son consumed a salad that her lover had prepared the night before, but which was left uneaten. The boy found the salad particularly delicious, and while watching him eat it, Glover was “exquisitely engulfed by love for her man and maternal love for her son.”

Green Salad’s triple Turkish map-fold structure both conceals and reveals a poem nestled in the lettuce leaves, just as love can both hide and manifest itself in such simple activities as preparing  and eating food. The principal material, Tyvek, is a spun olefin that can withstand the repeated folding inherent in the book’s structure. It also possesses a crisp, rustling quality that is distinctly salad-like.