About this piece:
I worked on this travel journal/ book at Casale Sonnino, south of Rome. I found costume plates and an old map from an 1888 book, Caesar’s Commentaries on the Gallic War. The plates are collaged over mono prints textured with watercolor with a stencil made from a piece of open weave fabric to resemble the stones of Roman construction. The 22 pages are bound with a drum leaf binding and the cover has a replica Roman coin. The text, extracted from Act IV, Scene III of Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, seemed appropriate since in many ways we now seem to be afloat.
The printed pages and a small strip of cloth were carried with me to Italy. All other components were found. The board, which became the cover, was cut from gold cardboard trays which had held cookies.
The pages, which were each different in color, were toned with watercolor and acrylic to provide a more uniform aesthetic.
paper, board, cloth, ink, watercolor, acrylic, pencil, coin
About the artist:
Lives and works in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States.
Dorothy Krause is Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts College of Art, author of “Book + Art”, and co-author of “Digital Art Studio”. She organized “Digital Atelier” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum for which she received a Technology in the Arts Award. She has been Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and Artist in Residence at Harvard’s Countway Library, the Jaffe Center for Book Arts at Florida Atlantic University and on Oceania Cruise Lines. Her work is in more than three dozen university and museum collections.