This book is part of the series, “body + soul”, which began with photographs of twin performance artists, Emily and Abigail Taylor. I was haunted by a newspaper report of a mother who had drowned her children and another story of a mother who encouraged her son to be a suicide bomber. I wrote the text, “conceived in deception, precious cargo, stalked by hate, sacrificed to a vengeful god”, to remember those children who are victims of their parent’s addictions to substances, politics or religion. Completed as a concertina book of inkjet pigment prints, the cover of lead over wood, is both beautiful and dangerous. A metal lily on the cover references life.
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.