When I tell the truth people think I am lying

‘When I tell the truth people think I am lying’

1998 – 2001

Book of illustrated journal entries written by Matthew Dols. Hand letterpressed on fabriano paper and covered with a rigid vellum.

Every person I know has a box of personal items that they keep hidden. It is not exactly hidden. They subconsciously want someone to find it. They want someone to care enough about them and their life, to want to know the stories behind the things that matter enough to them to keep hidden in a box.

This work shows the world my box, not so that they will care about me, or my life, but so that they might better understand their own life, through mine. And have a better sense that no matter what you are going through in your life at that moment, other people do understand how you feel.

This portfolio began as a small run, handmade book entitled “When I tell the truth people think I am lying” in 2001. Some of the early images are appropriated from mass media, and the newer images are using models in studios and on locations. These impersonal images are then contrasted with personal writings from my journal.

7 3/8 x 5 1/4 x 1 1/8 inches
Book with unbound Epson inkjet prints and letterpress text on Fabriano Medioevalis Paper, Vellum Binding
2001
Complete books sold out, individual page spreads available for sale and exhibition