Finding the burnt aspen bark peel after a nearby fire in the forest inspired this artists’ book. The scrolls are metaphors for book pages holding the secrets of the residue left by the heat of fire. The text was ink jet printed. This bookwork has been shown in six significant exhibits across the country and won Best in Show at the Durango Arts Center Four Corners Commission in 2005.
gampi HMP, burnt aspen bark peel, Japanese paper, thread, box
Mary Ellen Long was born in Los Angeles and lived in North San Diego County before moving to Durango, Colorado 34 years ago. A multi-media artist, she exhibits throughout the wide world of art. She received BA and MA degrees from San Diego State and has received grants from the Colorado Arts Council. Mary Ellen has been a featured artist at The Center for Book Arts in New York City and has been an artist-in-residence at Edgemont Highlands in Durango creating outdoor environmental art for 9 years. Her book art has been placed in collections such as the Sackner Archive, MOMA Library, UCSD Special Collections, The Athenaeum in La Jolla, California and the National Museum for Women in the Arts Library. A recent retrospective “Journey of the Artist” was shown at Fort Lewis College Art Gallery in Durango, Colorado.