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artists'books, Student Artists' Book Contest, first
Book and Paper
Year of Graduation
Faculty / Course
Julia Samuels and Henry Brown, Photographic Intaglio
Materials + Techniques
Intaglio print on Reeves BFK, tissue, book cloth and birch bark
A study of the texture and language found in paper birch bark and a typology of these surfaces documented throughout winter in Northern Vermont. As an artist, I'm specifically interested in human/nature interaction and where these two forces overlap. The paper birch for me is symbol of that interaction for a couple of reasons. First, when forest is cleared or land is disturbed by humans, the birch is a pioneer species; it's one of the first to begin the transition of he land from the human hand back to nature. The bark itself mimics writing and human mark-making, speaking with a language and rhythm that is familiar to us; like looking at human handwriting, each surface is its own individual personality.
Martell, Abby; Library, Fleet; and Collections, Special, "Betula Papyrifera" (2015). 1st Student Artists' Book Contest 2015. 26.