My Naturalist Studies
Artist Books, dimensions 11" H x 6" W x 1" D each
This encyclopedia collection stands as a record of my travels in the form of sculpted books.
I have torn the pages of this book to create the shape of a thunderstorm moving over a prairie. The beginning pages reference the building storm and climax as the thunderhead breaches the troposphere. Denouement shapes mimic the dissipating storm.
Ink striations on paper and torn pages evoke rock formations. Movement through the book resembles the process of excavation or passage through a cave.
I pierce the pages to describe northern hemisphere constellations that I observed over the summer. The pages begin with the first stars that appear, like the summer triangle. Soon the pages fill with holes creating a textured map of the night sky. In the end, the holes subside as stars disappear in the morning.