April 13, 2017

Returning to the studio in 1986 after a week long workshop in making artists’ books with Erica Van Horn at the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale NY I was amazing prolific. Among the many things Erica taught me was how to use book board, book cloth and glue to make a simple and sturdy accordion book structure. My eyes were opened to possibilities of creating an intimate and subversively powerful world through the form of the artists’ book.

Featuring two of my favorite subjects placed together in the first of my Vocabulary Book series, here is Hand Leaf ©1986.

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Hand Leaf in the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County artists’ book collection:


September 16, 2015

Awkwardly rooted in the ground, or at least in the bottom edge of the paper, the number one stands covered in bark at the vertical center of this drawing, Lucky One (Luck E1)©2011. Something about the e’s scale, position and how it fits into a circle reminds me now of the Department of Defense Fallout Shelter symbol. I remember it as a common but mysterious graphic black and yellow sign marking the entrances to public buildings during my childhood in the 1960s. The rest of the composition is visible behind the e, but as the e appears to be the top layer, it marks everything behind and beyond it. The e also subtly divides the drawing horizontally into a dark sky/space top and a turquoise blue water bottom. Playing with echoes of the biblical trees of life and knowledge, a reco...

June 10, 2015

Another of the unwritten rules was NO to “anything with eyes on it”. Identifying and reacting to this limit has been useful and fruitful for me. Here in a detail from my series of Twilight drawings from 1997 (unrelated to the popular movie and fiction series)- eyes are part of a flower form inspired by a pansy that appears to be growing or attached to a human hand covered in an unexplained texture- feathers? Bark?  






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