Melisa Gerecci Philip Roth Newark Library

Reading Room , 11 x 11 inches, risograph print on paper

This drawing is about understanding through immersion. I saw people leaf through Philip Roth's book collection at the Newark Public Library and felt their enthusiasm as they discovered his hand-written notes. The individuals pictured explored Roth's marginalia while bemoaning the NO SITTING sign on his lounge chair. I hand-drew the scene from combined observation and memory and printed a limited edition with Project for Empty Space.