Created for the 2015 Ideation Experience exhibition.
found book, vellum, shrink film, cotton thread, pigment
Artist Statement about work:
The title of this work is taken from the title of the book the end of the wasp season which has been altered into the form of a wasp nest. Nine small whirlwind bound books are nestled into the brood cells, tucked away like larvae. Within the brood cells images of wasps have been rubber stamped in social groupings, but their numbers decrease leaving very few wasps in the cells at the end of the book. The nine small books address the issue of pesticide use. The first page of each book incites an immediate visceral response to a wasp encounter. The second and third pages consider prenatal exposure to a common household pesticide synergist, piperonyl butoxide, and its harmful effects on neurodevelopment as discussed in studies published in the journal of american academy of pediatrics and environmental health perspectives.
Created using the following Ideation Deck card draws: color – least favorite; structure – single leaf; image – self-generated; technique – your choice; layout – centered on the page; text – abstract, non-verbal, gibberish
Erin K. Schmidt has her BFA from Michigan State University and her MA in Book Arts from Camberwell College of Arts at the University of the Arts London. Her work has been exhibited internationally and can be found in private and public collections including Tate Britain, London, UK; Saison Poetry Library, London, UK; University of the West of England, Bristol, UK; Limerick School of Art and Design, Limerick, Ireland; and the University of California San Diego, USA. She currently lives and works in Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA.