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.
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?