Dorothy Simpson Krause – River of Grass


7 x 10
© 2012
edition of 36


River of Grass is an homage to Marjory Stoneman Douglas and her seminal book, “The Everglades: River of Grass”. It was produced during an Artist in Residency at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts at Florida Atlantic University. The ten laser and letterpress printed folios combine my original photographs with historic photographs, documents and maps. They are housed in an envelope, such as an early settler might have carried, and closed with a native mahogany seedpod clasp. Research into the history and ecology of this complex ecosystem included images from the University of Florida’s “America’s Swamp: the Historical Everglades Project” and “Reclaiming the Everglades”, a compilation of collections from the University of Miami, Florida International University and History Miami. It was summarized in an introductory page which concluded with a quote from Michael Grunwald’s 2006 book, “The Swamp”. He says restoring the Everglades “will be a test of our willingness to restrain ourselves, to share the earth’s resources with the other living things that moveth upon it, to live in harmony with nature. If we pass, we may deserve to keep the planet.”

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.

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