Losing Ground is a plea for awareness of our role as stewards of the environment. Using images spanning more than a decade, the text, from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, was made a part of the images using the appropriately named font, “Dirty Ego”. The fragments of text read: Waves of light, energy from the sun, enter the atmosphere, warm the earth and radiate back into space. A thin layer of CO2 trapped by atmosphere. A greenhouse effect Burning fossil fuels, we create MORE carbon dioxide Methane CO2, greenhouse gasses Thickened by CO2, the atmosphere traps gasses that should escape temperatures increase, ocean waters warm, glaciers melt and recede, sea levels rise, coasts erode, floods, avalanches, storms, hurricanes, tsunamis erratic weather heat waves, droughts, wildfires And the day that cometh shall burn Atmosphere thin and fragile. Earth’s most vulnerable ecological system. We ignore apocalyptic warnings Blind to passing time We build on fragile ground We have no moral compass Our decisions based on greed This existential threat Our legacy to the future. Two editions of Losing Ground were printed by Acme Bookbinders. This edition was bound in black bookcloth, a deluxe edition of 6 was bound in aubergine Nigerian goat and 7″ x 7″ softcover open edition can be printed on demand with Blurb. This “democratic multiple”, at three price points, combined traditional processes and print-on-demand technology to share its important message.
Dorothy Simpson Krause is Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts College of Art, a painter, collage and book artist. In 1997, Krause organized “Digital Atelier: A printmaking studio for the 21st century” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and was in residence for 21 days. That same year, she helped a group of curators envision the potential of digital printmaking in “Media for a New Millennium” at the Vinalhaven Graphic Arts Foundation. In 2000 she received a Kodak Innovator Award and in 2001 demonstrated digital printmaking at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Digital: Printmaking Now. In 2004 she was Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome, in 2007 Von Hess Visiting Artist at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and in 2012 Artist in Residence at Jaffe Center for Book Arts at Florida Atlantic University. Since 2012 she has been an Artist in Residence on Oceania Cruise Lines. Krause is author of “Book + Art: Handcrafting Artists’ Books”, and co-author of “Digital Art Studio: Techniques for combining inkjet printing with traditional art materials”. Her work is in more than two dozen museum and university collections and shown regularly in exhibitions and publications.