About this piece:
In Undertow I considered the permeability and layering of materials and ideas, in a physical book as well as in a narrative. I chose an exposed Coptic stitch to highlight the translucent handmade paper. Its aural and visual properties reference hydrologic currents, simultaneously echoing and contrasting qualities of the metal that surrounds it. The covers of the book are double layers of copper with decorative cutting that reveals its content and concept, both literally and metaphorically.
paper, copper, thread
About the artist:
Karen Hardy is a visual artist based in Asheville, North Carolina. Her practice is centered on an experimental approach to materials, and is influenced by her background in the natural sciences. She uses innovative hand papermaking techniques and a variety of non-traditional materials in her artist books, sculpture, and installation. Her artist books are widely exhibited and held in collections across the country and abroad. Karen received an MFA in book arts & printmaking from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and currently teaches book arts at Western Carolina University.