Created for the 2015 Ideation Experience exhibition.
ink, thread, abaca & linen handmade paper
Artist Statement about work:
So…what is a book? Could a book, like a vessel, be a container of knowledge, or is it just a sequence of spaces? Should it be confrontational or conversational? But most importantly, what can a book do? Constructing interactive artist books, my work wraps objects with a fresh visual language by melding iconic imagery and text. My interest lies in examining a sequence of events that repeats-cycles. “good, good, good” reveals the few words/statements my grandmother was able to say for the remaining 30 years of her determined life. She survived a massive stroke that left her paralyzed on her right side and afflicted with severe aphasia, a language disorder that affects the ability to communicate. This book provides a glimpse into the routine complexity of daily life, transforming a mixture of real and surreal impressions (using handmade paper, stencils, pressure printing, pulp imaging and letterpress) into a translucent container filled with childhood memories.
Created using the following Ideation Deck card draws: color – muted or pastel; structure – accordion; image – self-generated; technique – low tech; layout – random or unplanned; text – found text; paper- transparent/translucent. Adjectives: allegorical , wildcard: design an enclosure box or container , colorful , miniature , mystical
Kerri Cushman is a sculptural book artist and papermaker with an affinity for letterpress. Known for her artist books, she exhibits her work internationally. She teaches papermaking, letterpress, and book arts at Longwood University in Farmville, VA. Cushman is an active member of the Dard Hunter Papermaking organization, serves on the Hand Papermaking Board of Directors, and is the proprietor of Performing Goats Press. Her work has been featured on the cover of 500 Handmade Books vol. I & II, 1000 Artists’ Books and 500 Paper Objects. Her narratives push the boundaries of what defines a book.