About this piece:
Ready about is a nautical phrase called out to crew and passengers on sailing vessels to announce a change of direction when tacking, a way of moving upwind using a zig-zag path which coincidentally resembles the accordion fold of the book. The letters in this piece appear to hang from overhead rigging and the composition as a whole seeks to convey that period during change when things can feel just this side of chaos. Ready About is part of an ongoing series inspired in part by Japanese ukiyo-e, or pictures of the floating world. The floating world refers to the urban life of pleasure and sensuality, but ukiyo is also a homophone for sorrowful world, the earthly plane of death and rebirth – perhaps the greatest change of all. Each of these works is constructed of pieces cut like ripples or swirls in water.
paper, acetate, toner, thread, graphite, ink, silk
About the artist:
lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Cynthia Laureen Vogt now lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She received her MFA from the University of Arizona, where she also taught photography as well as with the Tucson Arts Museum. She has exhibited her photography and artist’s books for over thirty years at venues both in the United States and abroad, including the Center for Contemporary Arts, the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, and the Nippon Polaroid Center in Japan. Her work has been reviewed in such publications as THE Magazine and Nippon Camera.