2016 How do readers experience a story? Is this experience as important as the story being told? Does the reader have a greater connection with a narrative if they become part of it? These are the questions that the artist book Rimor I intends to answer. By exploring the physical objects contained within in order to navigate and understand the narrative, the reader is no longer an outsider looking in but an active participant.
Rimor I consists of a nondescript file box, the type that can be found in any archives room. Inside this box, evidence from a classified space mission is stored. The story is shaped by how the reader interprets the physical evidence. The narrative is told through a variety of epistolary forms including letters, a makeshift journal, and a communication log. By utilizing the epistolary form’s main characteristics — specific addressees, the addressees’ roles and by maintaining the present tense — the point of view of the narrative is allowed to shift from the characters within the story to the reader. The historical justification of the early epistolary form is exploited here by using materials and production methods from another time which in turn adds to the authenticity of the experience so that the narrative can be maintained and the viewer's sensory experience heightened.
DETAILS Mixed-Media 15 inches x 12 inches x 10 inches
Playing with series and sequence, 1/20 juxtaposes scientific observation against a backdrop of artistic interpretation. The publication of “The Splash of a Drop” by Professor Worthington in 1895 explores the physics of a splashing drop. Professor Worthington observes and drew the progression of a drop over the period of 1/20 of a second. The drawings are featured here against paintings from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art where the artists explore their interpretations of the movement of water.
2015 Martian Landscapes is an artist book featuring abstract landscapes inspired by images obtained by NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover. The book features a quote from Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles which provides context for the imagery and the current mission planned to Mars by relating it to other settings that man has explored and in some instances destroyed.
DETAILS Drum leaf binding Woodcut and screen printed on Arches Cover and metallic decorative paper. 5.5 inches x 4.25 inches (closed)
2015 Using a found book on how to play racquetball, I removed the instructional text and explore series and sequence though image and color.
DETAILS Altered Book Digitally printed and perfect bound in original cover. 5.25 inches x 8.25 inches (closed)
The Ride I Never Took
2015 The Ride I Never Took explores the way we look at the memories of those who have passed. It is a collection of short stories by Ian D. Warren and designed by Krista Sharp. The stories are re-imagined memories of the duos grandfathers (Bill Sharp of Childers, Oklahoma and Ralph Jack Warren of Silverdale, Kansas). Often based on real memories or personal traits, they ask us to reflect on the ones we’ve lost and moments or conversations we wish we had.
DETAILS Coptic binding Letterpress and screen printed on Stonehenge paper with cherry wood cover. 6 inches x 7.5 inches (closed)
2015 By dissecting this found book on the Alps, I was able to take the dull and faded photographs and create unique and engaging pop-ups that capture the majesty of the landscape.
DETAILS Altered book Collage on Arches Cover with metallic decorative paper and copper pen. 9.5 inches x 11 inches (closed)
An Exquisite Future
2014 Collaborative project created based on the fact that honey bee populations are disappearing at an alarming rate. This book utilized an exquisite corpse method where each collaborating artist created their own futures by building upon the previous artist’s future summary.
DETAILS Interior spreads were printed on Rives Heavyweight using multiple printing methods including screen printing, sintra plate, linocut, and letterpress. The background accordion was inkjet printed on Canson Mi-Tientes. The exterior features a removable spine and the non-adhesive cover features handmade paper that has been letterpress printed along with Canson Mi-Tientes endsheets. 7 inches x 4.5 inches (closed)
EDITION OF: 30
2014 This book features the illustrated quote of one of science’s most beloved advocates, Carl Sagan, set against the back drop of images from the Hubble Space Telescope.
“We are star stuff that has taken its destiny into its own hands.” —Carl Sagan
DETAILS Blizzard binding Printed using polyester plate lithography on Rives BFK paper for the interior and Canson Mi-Teintes for the cover. Interior pages are hand colored with colored pencils. 3.875 inches x 3.875 inches (closed)
EDITION OF: 5
2014 Origins reflects the history of where I have come from. By using DNA analysis, my paternal and maternal lineage was traced back 20,000 years. This provided great insight and a far-reaching historical look at my origins. Each lineage varies, coming from multiple continents and cultures.
Through this modified flag book structure, the journey that my ancestors took is graphically represented. The journeys begin in very different places but end up in the place that I was born and that I call home.
DETAILS Modified flag book Digitally printed on Canson Mi-Teintes paper. 3.25 inches x 8.25 inches
EDITION OF: 5
2014 Using text adapted from the Farmer’s Almanac, this book explains how the names of the monthly full moons came to be. It features illustration created by the artist that represent each of the full moons.
DETAILS Case binding Letterpress printed from photopolymer plates on Magnani Pescia Paper. 6.5 inches x 6.5 inches. (closed) 60 pages