Influxstructure: A Topography of Ghosts
About this piece:
Influxstructure explores macro and micro human systems (both natural and artificial), and how we use the earth and our bodies to communicate and navigate space. The map-fold variation structure allows images to be peeled back layer by layer, alternating between the minuscule (synapses, nerves, veins) to the immense (Nazca lines, highways, nuclear test site). How are the pathways connecting cities similar to the ones pumping blood to our heart? How do we store memories and messages for the future – through symbols etched into the earth or synapses pulsing through our brain?
Influxstructure is letterpress printed, pochoir, and pressure printed. Structure is a map-fold variation. Subjects are presented from a perspective that is either too close or too far away to fully grasp the entirety of the image. When the book is closed, iron filings in the glass case gather around a hidden magnet. When open, the iron filings fall away and scatter into formless dust. Iron is present in every subject represented in the book: our blood, the earth, asphalt highways, etc. Holes in the pages peek through, showing their interconnection.
paper, bookcloth, magnets, iron, glass
About the artist:
Lives and works in San Antonio, Texas, United States
Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder is a book artist and writer currently based in San Antonio, Texas. She holds an MFA in Book Art & Creative Writing from Mills College, and creates Artist’s Books under the imprint of Coyote Bones Press. Keri has worked as a Studio Assistant at Flying Fish Press in Berkeley, CA and as an Edition Binder at BookLab II in San Marcos, TX. Keri’s work examines landscape and objects as metaphor for the human experience with a strong curiosity behind how we understand and navigate space, often taking form as movable structures, and intricate boxes.