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THE DISSOLUTION OF SEDNA
The Transmigration sculptures are a synthesis of human and animal communion built around the tension that exists between our primal yearnings and the questions/habits of domestication and investigate the transportation of memory through the artifice of time.
These sculptures re-vision archetypical and mythical terrains of identity based on separation from nature and present wild not as something other or apart from self but as oneself. Our being as an extension of earth.
These are works that emerge from the transmigration of earths cellular memory conveyed through gestural interpretation and dynamic hand built imagery with points of overlay between the human and natural worlds. A dialogue that inhabits a sacred space in the landscape of our bodies; where earth dreams us into existence.
As Joseph Campbell has said, " ...if we think of ourselves as coming out of the earth, rather than having been thrown here from somewhere else, we see that we are the earth. We are the consciousness of the earth. These are the eyes of the earth. And this is the voice of the earth."
FLEDGLINGS of ANANI
Hand made Poetic Triptyc
Fledglings of Anani as a Handmade Book is is a poetic triptych The book explores in-depth three realms: desire, auspiciousness and serendipity through construction, word, design and imagery.
I am passionate about paper making, book-making and binding to create unique 'book objects' to behold and be held by. Books that contain space for reflection, breathing, imagination and meld the power of image and word to evoke wonder and new thought.
The materiality of hand crafted books engage at a sensory level and accentuates storytelling as a lived, felt deeply personal reciprocal relationship between artist(s) and reader.
This hand-crafted edition will contain the poems printed individually with letterpress and embossing on handmade paper with images, painting and text held in three folios: desire, auspiciousness and serendipity. The printing and paper reflect the landscape of Fledglings of Anani. A mythopoetic map for the reader and a readers version of Fledglings of Anani, that contain the volume in one simple exquisite hardbound book, will be held in a hand-crafted clamshell box.
The second project is Fledglings of Anani as a Chapbook Signed/numbered Limited Edition. This is a 24 page letterpress printed edition with handmade paper and embossed cover stitched by hand.
The book and written word, or in this instance letterpress, have a life of their own as a material/art object that offers a significantly different experience to you, as a reader, at a kinesthetic, imaginative and aesthetic level. The combination of written word, visual imagery and tactile engagement enhance the context and richness of the poems as a whole inviting you into an intimate relationship of story.
The books will be created in conjunction with Lumino Press: http://luminopress.com
Traditional Arts Residency: Indonesia
MASKS, PAPERMAKING, HAND -CRAFTED BOOKS/Indonesia
I have the opportunity to work with local craftspeople and artisans in
the traditional balinese crafts of lontar engraving, papermaking and mask making in Ubud and in Batuan to create work at the Bali Purnati Center for the Arts. The museums and collections for research and instruction I will be using are: The Puri Lukisan Museum: modern traditional wood carvings, Neka Art Museum: classical and contemporary Indonesian art and the Agung Rai Museum of Art: lontar engraving.
Lontar manuscripts are palm-leaf manuscripts: expression of the cultural heritage preserved in Bali from the past and into the present. Religious story and literature of Bali has been recorded for centuries by engraving Balinese words on processed palm-leaves and creating beautiful works of art and information, To this day Lontar engraving and manuscripts are still created and used alongside modern and digital technology.