Barbara Tetenbaum and Julie Chen, “Glimpse”

Cover of box.

View of staggered pages showing envelopes/sleeves and diagram and numbers. These envelopes are flipped up to reveal text written by Julie Chen.

View showing how card inserts are pulled out from each envelope. The imagery and text on these cards was created by Barbara Tetenbaum to illustrate the ‘noise’ that makes up 90% of our personal history. The dates loosely follow Tetenbaum’s own biography.

Detail of cards.


Barbara Tetenbaum and Julie Chen
Portland, Oregon

Letterpress, hand binding
edition size of 100
30 pages
23 ” x 8 1/8” x 1 1/8” open
11” x 8 1/8” x 1 1/8” closed


Artist Statement

This project examines the idea of personal history and how we form a sense of our own story. Prominent events may stand out as the nameable moments, yet it is the space between these events that life, in fact, is lived. To show this, we used a kind of photo album style book. Julie designed and wrote the text that appears on the envelopes. Barb illustrated and wrote the texts on the cards inside each envelope.