Printed on the HP Indigo 5500 on Mohawk Superfine 80# cover by Acme Bookbinding, the 15 pages are bound by hand in a 3/4 case binding using oriental paper and Asahi fabric for the spine. The title is gold-foil stamped using Mistral font on gold oriental paper. The endsheets are of mustard gold Lokta paper. The book is housed in a gold organza bag with gold drawstring ties. Using Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem “Kubla Kahn or A Vision in a Dream, A Fragment”, composed in 1797 after an opium-induced dream, this book incorporates images from three related bodies of work. The vision shown is of a savage place, with holy and enchanted caverns, walls, towers and a sacred river where “The shadow of the dome of pleasure floated midway on the waves”. Combining photographs of passageways with photographs of leaves and flowers floating on a pond and branches reflected in the water, the resulting images appear as submerged architectural fragments, lit from within, reflecting a beautiful destruction.
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.