Barbara Eijadi (Saint Paul, MN)
Case bound sculpture
17.5 x 26.5 x 2.5
In collaboration with Leon Hushcha, I was provided an opportunity to bring a new perspective to Hushcha prints, paintings, and drawings. My work began by using traditional bookbinding techniques and structures, and resulted in an exploration of sculptural books. Together we completed fourteen of these pieces, and “Book as Metaphor” was exhibited at Hushcha Studio in October of 2014.
I began by selecting prints and drawings from the Hushcha archives, based on color, image, texture and shape, as well as how an image would respond to curves, and the confines of a “spread.” The books were bound as flat back case bindings. Most pieces included five sections of four folios each. Book board, book cloth, and 250Gg archival paper was used in the construction of each piece, Hushcha’s art work in the center spread. The book was then laid open, and I began forming the curves to each page, securing each with PVA, and/or a double-sided archival adhesive. Stretcher bars were attached to the back to provide stability and dimension.
The books were then delivered to Hushcha for his added interpretation. With the work presented in a new form, he embellished each piece, “paying homage to the literary, the figurative, and the sculptural.”
Wrong began as a print from an early piece, which Hushcha has transformed with paint and glitter.