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Jessica Williams

Oslofjord, Jessica Williams

Oslofjord, Jessica WilliamsOslofjord
Jessica Williams
Issue Press and Hverdag Books


Second Edition of 400
48 pages
203 x 254 mm
ISBN Not Available


This second expanded edition of Oslofjord by Jessica Williams is a close collaboration between the artist and Issue Press. Images have been both reworked and added on the five year anniversary of the original publication. In 2016 the artist started seeing and collecting a very odd type of beach plastic on the islands off the inner Oslofjord in Norway. This book is her collection: an oddly aesthetic and terrifying testament to the carelessness of humans and the relentless force which is nature.

“Oslofjord bears witness to an intrusion of the artificial into the organic… Every image is saturated with a weird, phantasmagorical intensity. Williams’ book depicts a slow-moving violence that affects the very categories by which we make sense of things.” – Bladr, Copenhagen.

About the Artist
Jessica Williams (b. 1986) is a conceptual artist and publisher whose vast practice hinges on the act of seeing. She is based in Norway. Her works, often collective and collaborative, beg the audience to reconsider that what they do not or cannot see in their everyday lives. She has worked with everything from self-publishing and experimental artist books to photography and virtual reality, and is especially interested in intimate and haptic experiences.Lately, Williams has worked with an experimental exhibition that spans over an entire calendar year at House of Foundation in Moss that is concerned with publishing, community, and identity. She has previously worked with strange bits of ocean plastic foraged in the inner Oslofjord that look like bits of real rock, and investigated the connection between mycelium and data centres: both of which are gigantic, invisible and affect us more than we know.

About the Publishers
Issue Press is a tiny publisher and Risograph print shop operated by George Wietor in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Since 2011, it has worked with an elastic mandate to publish captivating works by artists of all mediums that trade in humor, history, and exploration of place. In addition to publishing, Wietor has initiated several side projects dedicated to the growth of the international Riso community, including:; An Atlas of Modern Risography; and with Matt Davis of Perfectly Acceptable Press, Wietor is a co-founder of the North American Risograph Conference (NARC), a gathering of Riso devotees held biannually in Chicago, Illinois.

Hverdag Books is a micro press and self-publishing studio, est. 2016 by the artist Jessica Williams and located in Moss, Norway. Hverdag publishes unique and experimental editions for and about the everyday. Hverdag has an in-house publishing workshop based around a Risograph CV3230 with 8 drums (colors) and gives frequent-ish workhops in self-publishing and risograph printing.