Created for the 2015 Ideation Experience exhibition.
paper, laser etched plexiglass, thread
Artist Statement about work:
The word that triggered this piece was “asymmetrical”, since, by their very nature, books tend to be symmetrical in order to be functional. I got to brooding about why a book would be asymmetrical. I realized it would have to have been made by a being that was not hardwired to a preference for symmetry the way our species is. What kind of alphabet would such a being develop? If they chose to communicate with us, how would they choose to do so? How would an asymmetrical book structure take shape? All these questions bounced around in my mind while I tried to figure out how to design and assemble this book. This is the result.
Created using the following Ideation Deck card draws: color – least favorite; structure – x image – x; technique – low tech; layout – x; text – self-generated; paper – pre-treated. Adjectives – assymetrical, x, x, x, x
Judy Gardner is a Denver artist and educator and Director of Alchemical Eye Studio, a printmaking, bookbinding and digital fabrication studio. Judy earned a BFA in Graphic Design at Northern Arizona University and an MH in Fine Art and Theater at the University of Colorado, Denver. She currently teaches Electronic Imaging and Printmaking at Regis University.