Ink, watercolor, gouache, Arches Text Wove paper, Cave paper, bookcloth
Field Studies is an ongoing series of unique artist’s books and paintings created in wild places. Each work documents one species, particular habitat, or unique wilderness experience. To do this work, I take my art materials into the field for hours, days or weeks at a time. I usually work seated on the ground, in all weathers, with ink, pencil, watercolor, and gouache on paper. Content is in spontaneous response to a particular place and time, and my work is mostly completed outdoors. Traces of fieldwork always remain: rain and paint spatters, stains, debris, and other forest marks. This unique accordion-folding artist’s book was made during hikes into Na Pali coast rain forests on the island of Kauai. It was hand-lettered, drawn and painted in those forests using rainwater, found twigs, brushes and pens. It has ten panels with imagery front and back, matching covers, and a folding case.
Andie Thrams is a California-based visual artist and occasional publisher as Larkspur Graphics. Her lifelong devotion to creative work in wilderness locations, especially within the pages of her field journals, has evolved into artist books and paintings held in numerous private and public collections at Yale University and the University of Washington, among others. Her work is widely exhibited and has been honored by institutions including Sitka Center for Art and Ecology and Yosemite Renaissance. She earned a BA in art practice from the University of California Berkeley and teaches for San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco State University Sierra Nevada Field Campus and more. She is currently at work on two series, IN FORESTS and FIELD STUDIES. These projects, which record her experiences during treks on foot and by kayak into wild forests from California to Alaska, are a contemporary hybrid of the illuminated manuscript and the field journal.