This unique unfolding bookwork captures vignettes and concepts of a historic landscape of Italy on one side – a medieval mountain, architectural details, garden foliage, and sacred spaces. The reverse side unfolds to an inventive “skyscape” of particles, rain drops, bubbles floating in a misty atmosphere. The sculptural dimension, weight and format reference the narrative legends chronicled below the main icon in medieval altarpieces.
watercolor on wood veneer, pasted accordion fold binding
Karen Kunc is a Cather Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her awards include Fulbright Scholar Awards to Finland and Bangladesh, two NEA/MAAA awards, the 2007 SGCI Printmaker Emeritus Award. Her works have been shown in exhibitions nationally and internationally and are in numerous collections: MOMA; Library of Congress; Milwaukee Art Museum; Haas Arts Library Yale University; Jyväskylä Art Museum, Finland. She has taught workshops around the world, in Egypt, Italy, Finland, Poland, Japan, France, Mexico, Iceland; and she has lectured as a visiting artist to over 200 institutions. In 2014 she opened Constellation Studios, in Lincoln, Nebraska, as a creative work-site for print, paper, and book, inviting artists for residencies, workshops, collaborations, exhibitions.