My daughter and I began walking to school last year. We stopped to observe many things, but it was the milkweed that most captured our attention. With each new day we watched the plant change color and texture, my daughter eagerly waiting for the pods to open. This experience taught us about patience, mystery, and for me, learning to embrace the darkness – the place where ideas are conceived and grow, much like the seeds in the pod.
The Walk is a sculptural artist book that encourages us to pause and reflect. Close-up images of the milkweed pod are coupled with two narratives – one my own, and the other a diary excerpt of 19th century Swiss philosopher Henri-Frederik Ariel. Original monotypes have been reproduced as offset lithographs for this edition. The Walk is letterpress printed in an edition of twenty-five, and housed in a slipcase made by Linda Lembke. This book was completed during an artist residency at Maine Media Workshops + College in Rockport, Maine.
About the artist:
Valerie Carrigan works out of her studio in a historic mill in western Massachusetts where she produces prints and artist books. Through monotype, relief and letterpress printing, she explores the intersection of the natural world and the human spirit. Valerie was the 2015 Book Artist in Residence at Maine Media Workshops + College in Rockport, Maine. She holds an MFA in Printmaking and Book Arts from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Valerie is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Studio Art at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont.