wax, powdered pigments, paint, thread, pins, canvas book
Kimberly Kersey-Asbury’s Landscape Books are inspired by the tradition of landscape painting, by the visceral nature of paint itself, by nostalgia, by Delacroix, by the watercolor sketchbooks of William Turner and the sculptural bookmaking and paintings of Anselm Kiefer. These books, seemingly unearthed, are salvaged remnants of romantic notions, places and times lost. They rest on glass specimen plates, suspended from the ceiling, defying the gravity and gravitas they embody. Primary materials include wax, powdered pigments, paint, hand-stitching with thread and pins (reading perhaps as sutures in flesh) on a hand-bound canvas book.
The books can be thought of as specimens, salvaged romantic notions of times & places past, presented on glass specimen plates, suspended from the ceiling, defying the gravity and gravitas they embody. – Each page of the book is filled with a different landscape, just as Turner’s sketchbooks are. Each landscape is a 2-page spread, which opens to approximately 12.5 inches in total width.
Kimberly Kersey-Asbury is a painter, photographer and mixed media artist who earned a BFA in Painting from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA in Painting from Boston University. Kimberly teaches studio art at Saint Anselm College in NH.