A work with an autobiographical element created with thoughts of seasonal growth, personal environments and life events throughtout. Along with other similarly scaled works created since 2009, The Rationale Escapes Me is a journal of a sort.
Handmade paper: cast and hand shaped kozo and flax
Melissa Jay Craig lives in Chicago. She taught at Artists’ Book Works, the Newberry Library, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Loyola University before becoming a member of the team of artists who created the Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts and its Interdisciplinary MFA program She was the full-time teaching Artist-In Residence there from 1994 until 2009. Currently, Melissa is a visiting artist at select universities and arts centers throughout the U.S. each year. Her work has been exhibited internationally; she is represented in the Chicago area by ZIA Gallery. Melissa has been awarded numerous grants and residencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts studio residency in papermaking at Women’s Studio Workshop. Recently, she was named Distinguished Resident at the Ragdale Foundation and her wordless sculptural books have been featured in Fine Books and Collections and a number of literary publications, including the Paris Review.