Created for the 2015 Ideation Experience exhibition.
ink, paper, book board, cloth, magnets
Artist Statement about work:
This pyramidal book work is an examination of the various ways we navigate social relationships, from difficult to new to somewhat superficial. When partially open, the work features four different stories that address social interaction. The fully open book creates a collaged compass rose. Revealed in the center of this rose are the important starting points from which social relationships may blossom. The book was created using digital printing and pochoir techniques. The images were printed on a soft, handmade Thai paper backed with text-weight paper, and the text was printed on Strathmore. The book structure has magnetic closures. A colophon is included on the base of the detachable smaller pyramid.
Created using the following Ideation Deck card draws: color – least favorite; structure – multiple openings; image – self generated; technique – collage; layout – across the folds or gutters; text – found text; paper – pre-treated. Adjectives: sculptural, allegorical, dissonant, unconventional, soft
Ariel Hansen Strong is a book artist, printmaker, and designer based in San Francisco. Her signature printmaking methods are linoleum relief, photography, and letterpress processes. Currently a Book Art and Creative Writing MFA Candidate at Mills College, Strong’s interest in artist’s books began while she was studying sculpture at the San Francisco Art Institute (BFA 2011). Her work often relates environmental issues and language to complicated human interactions, and she enjoys exploring how the form of the book can further these creative examinations.