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April 29, 2011 / lornanakell

Liam Drain

Conceptual book incorporating ceramic and paper.

April 17, 2011 / lornanakell

Archeology of the Book

Last week my Archeology of the Book class took a field trip to Reed College to see their special books collection.  It was something I had never done before, and I got a little emotional at times – especially in response to certain books.  I have to say, this was one of my favorite class experiences this past year.  My other favorite experience was going to Ape Caves.

This is the book cart that was specially prepared for our visit.  It held books from the 11th to 20th century.

11th century example of hand written letters.  They are equally as wide as tall.

Calligraphy example by Lloyd Reynolds.

This was my favorite book.  It is an illuminated manuscript; a book of hours (from the 15th century) in Latin with real gold gilt and lapis lazuli blue paint.  It was written on vellum (sheep or goat).  On the page where the last supper is represented there is a pig that has been scratched out.

This is a 15th century metal engraving (possibly in copper or platinum).  The typeface is Aldus – based on Roman letter forms.

William Morris printed book.  Illustrated by Edward Burn Jones (illustrator of Canterbury Tales).

Geographical text by Ptolemy on limp vellum.

This Victorian book with marbled paper has a secret painting that can only be seen on the book edge when it is splayed.  It’s called “fore-edge painting.”

This is a book about stereoscopics.  It includes several stereoscopic photos and special glasses for viewing.

This is the most contemporary book we saw.  It was from Reed College’s artists’ book collection.  The book is a collaborative one based on the poem by John Ashbury.  Other artists featured in the collaboration are Larry Rivers, Elaine de Kooning and Laurie Anderson, to name a few.  It was printed in 1984 and houses 175 prints on handmade paper including a beautiful concrete poem (shown last).

March 15, 2011 / lornanakell

Student Focus – Michelle Swinehart

Finally have a fresh new post up on my Arts Interviews blog, thanks to my monograph project for Pat Boas’ class. It includes a podcast interview I did with Michelle in her mobile home in Ridgefield, WA. It also contains a podcast interview Michelle did with one of her neighbors.

Here’s my podcast.  It’s not perfect, but hey, I’m teaching myself:

March 9, 2011 / lornanakell

Some Writing

I attended another SHARE event last night. SHARE is a two hour art making (all sorts of artists, writers and performers are invited) event hosted once a month by Kathleen Lane and Margaret Malone. The prompt was “hungry.” This is what I wrote:

One Night Stand

Twinkling out of the corner of her left eye, blue and red jewels. Cowboy Bar. Right across the street from the Sage Hotel.

Because there were no more vacancies, she wound up here – room 106 – just off the main road. Mildewy and smoky, it would have to do.

She didn’t know his name. No matter. Now he was cold and dead.

Most children she had known were fond of chocolate bars, ice cream cones and cookies, but she never was. It was something about the shapes. Or maybe it was the textures.

The colors of cake icing she found off-putting. If offered blackberry pie she would recoil in disgust, although she admired the consistency of the berry juice that bled from the point of incision.

As she reminisced, there came two strong fist poundings on door number 106. “Is everything okay in there mister?”

No-name’s heart was soft and wet in her hand. And she was hungry.

February 25, 2011 / lornanakell

Success Strategies for Artists in this Changing Art Market

I’m facilitator for this RACC panel. It’s part of the professional development workshop series.  $20/tom. 9:30AM. Good group of artists/curators (including Chris Haberman and Marci McFarlane, curator for Powell’s gallery) will share valuable info!

Here’s the description:

For all visual artists making it and wanting to.
Artists are constantly challenged to succeed in an ever changing art market. How can artists survive the current economic downturn, build an art presence and approach appropriate venues for their work? This panel discussion format will cover practical portfolio building and presentation, methods for utilizing the internet for self promotion and processes for exploring viable exhibition opportunities outside the traditional gallery model. There will be plenty of time for questions and conversation relating to these issues.

More info and registration: Success Strategies for Artists in this Changing Art Market

Space is still available.

February 4, 2011 / lornanakell

Fear and the Horror Genre

House on Haunted Hill, 1959

While doing research for my story/project Dark Reflections I came across a relevant article.  Here are two quotes from the article titled, “Why does horror appeal to us?” by Juhi Bakhshi

“Monsters of the horror movies are embodiments of forces sealed up in the unconscious mind. They represent “the return of the repressed” and offer a substitutive outlet for unacceptable sexual and aggressive instincts.”

“Apart from the element of curiosity, the fact that horror films burrow into our psyche to deal with emotions of fear, abhorrence, aversion, disgust, dread, terror, shock, panic, also contributes to their appeal.”

January 16, 2011 / lornanakell

January Research


1) A Dash of Style, The Art and Mastery of  Punctuation by Noah Lukeman
2) On Tyko’s Island: Tyko Brahe, Science and Culture in the Sixteenth Century by John Robert Christianson
3) The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, A Medical History of Humanity by Roy Porter

Also, just bought The Barnhart Concise Dictionary of Etymology by Robert K. Barnhart as recommended by Dan Attoe from my first term class.

I’m also reading about the history of Grenada and Voodoo for a story I’m writing. While looking for contemporary Grenadian art I came across this amazing underwater sculpture garden:

This is by artist Jason De Caires Taylor.  It’s titled The Un-still Life.