Late last month I finished my first order of 50 boxes for Art o Mat cigarette dispensers. Here’s what 50 versions of Dr. O looks like.


There is more on Dr. O’s “marvelous mysteries” posted on the Artist’s Book page of my website ( Here is one of the mysteries; anyone who has ever served on a homeowners or community board will get it and fans of The Walking Dead will eat it up.


Here are a couple of pictures of the box assembly system (each box contains a bound story and a tiny collagraph).



Now I’m going to cogitate and draw for a few months.  On tap:  Houkathunk (the Utah project), Edgar Allan Poe 2026 (in which he returns to Sullivans Island where he was stationed with the Army in 1826), and Fracking (which makes me really MAD).  Back in the fall, hopefully with something to show.

About Lillian-Trettin

I grew up in the Appalachian "Bible Belt" of East Tennessee in the southern United States, listening to banjo music and gospel lyrics as well as the Beatles. As a kid, I was curious about religious rituals like speaking in tongues and snake handling but resistant to the fundamentalist thinking they involved. Flannery O'Connor's tales of religious fanatics, con men, bigots, and the spiritually bereft or ambivalent resonate for me. Despite having traveled widely and lived in other places, I am (as so many Southerners claim to be) permanently "South haunted." I returned to making art full time in 2011, following a career as a teacher, researcher, and consultant and after raising two sons. I’m convinced the delay enriched rather than impeded my growth as an artist.
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