When I tell the truth people think I am lying | 1998 – 2001

Book of illustrated journal entries written by Matthew Dols.

Hand letterpressed text 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 handmade folio/book is an edition of 3 entitled “When I tell the truth people think I am lying” produced in 2001. The images are appropriated from mass media, 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


Complete books sold out, individual page spreads available for sale and exhibition