About this piece:
From Dolph’s ongoing series of Scrapbooks, Need a Lift?, with a ladder inset into the front cover and three layers of cloud shapes cut from thing wood, opens with quotes about ladders tipped into the guards between sections. of blank pages. The ladder is one of Dolph’s two guiding mantras. It is ‘uplifting’ and we don’t get upset if it lets us down. The title page has a small, origami plane, the second guiding mantra.
This series of books addresses Dolph’s interest in blind collaboration, creating a connection between Dolph and the collector, even if s/he remains unknown. To this end, Dolph completes his books with text blocks of blank pages. His hope is that whoever comes to have one of his works finish what he started.
paper, wood, thread, acrylic, ink
About the artist:
Dolph Smith’s career began in post war Europe as a GI stunned enough by the art and architecture of that world to risk returning to the Memphis College of Art near his home in western Tennessee. He graduated in 1960 in Advertising Design, soon became bored and picked up a watercolor brush. Five years later he was back at MCA as a faculty member. He taught there for 30 years developing a Handmade Paper and Book program. He has not been bored since. Now lives and has a studio on a farm he named Tennarkippi Field.