Knowledge is transformative. Learning curve represents the process that one goes through Experiencing the change that it brings. Flexible accordion spine book, created from pages of Volumes A and Z of the 1934 Junior Encyclopedia Britannica with signatures sewn and bound to tea-stained canvas.
Flexible accordion spine book, Encyclopedia pages and covers, Stonehenge Kraft paper, waxed binding string, image transfer
Edition of 3
2.25″H x 3.75″W x approx. 96″ long, extended
Agnes Martin once wrote “An Artist is the one who can fail and fail and still go on” – these powerful words reaffirmed my creative journey by inspiring me to realize that art is a process that when started can never be finished. While studying design and printmaking I discovered a great passion for book arts. In my work, I explore the book itself, the boundaries between the form and the content. As an emigrant, I am infused with inspiration resident in my roots and history. I am interested in the continuous growing dialogue of identity and multiculturalism, which is a central element in modern society. The source of my imagery, which explores the connection between chaos and order amongst themes, is both derived by chance and experimentation.
I make a conscious effort not to work from intent, but rather to give myself over to the materials completely, and to pay close attention to the textures, materials, colors, and the emotional and physical response they elicit. I am fascinated with decay, the coming apart of things that are tidy or predictable; likewise, an interest in pattern and the random disruption of pattern. Most essentially, I trust in markmaking as the most natural physical way of connecting, seeing, and recording encounters. Books are a vehicle for both ideas and tangible expression, for exploring the complement between materials, content, and responsive form.