paper, ink, cloth, board
Artist’s statement about this work:
A double tunnel book presenting my idea of my mother’s reality and imagined situation. My mother has frontal lobe dementia. From the beginning her diagnosis was very troubling for her and the rest of the family. As time has passed and her dementia has progressed the family continues to note her deterioration and mourn her loss to us. She, however, is less and less aware of her changing state. She is more and more often in other places and times where she is busy and happy. None of us can follow her where she goes but there is nothing to be gained by trying to remind her of where she really is. Paste papers, trace monotypes and laser printing on Mohawk Superfine paper. Enclosed in a clamshell box.
About the artist:
Emily Martin earned a MFA degree in painting, from the University of Iowa in 1979, having previously earned a BFA and MA in drawing and painting, respectively. She started the Naughty Dog Press in 1996 to produce her own limited editions of primarily sculptural and movable artist’s books. Martin joined the University of Iowa Center for the Book in 1998, to teach a variety of classes exploring artists’ books, including Movable & Sculptural Books, Paper Engineering & Pop Up Books and Artists Books. During her career she has produced over 35 limited edition artist’s books using a variety of production techniques including letterpress printing, intaglio printing, silkscreen printing, inkjet printing and photocopies. Martin’s books are included in public and private collections throughout the United States and internationally. See the collections page for the full list. Martin is very interested in the intersection of the book as an art form with the traditional craft of bookbinding.