about this piece
Created for the 2015 Ideation Experience exhibition.
paper, ink, cloth, board
Artist Statement about work:
Cult of Relics is a reliquary housing objects derived from the natural world. Drawing inspiration from religious artifacts of the same name that were prevalent during the Romanesque era in Europe, this one-of-a-kind work calls into question what we as humans choose to venerate and preserve by imbuing these transitory forms with the same significance generally reserved for objects of religious or spiritual importance. Each unique object was collected by the artist during a three month stay in Italy in early winter, 2015. Objects were then wrapped in handmade abaca to not only preserve their form from decay, but to mirror the texture and pallor of religious artifacts from the historic era.
Created using the following Ideation Deck card draws: color – muted/pastel; structure – multiple openings; image – found image; technique – hand-drawn, painted, collage, etc.; layout – based on a grid; text – process of erasure, paper – neutral. Adjectives: mysterious or coded, mystical or spiritual, sculptural, personal, organic
Anne Covell is a book artist and papermaker currently producing work under the imprint Sin Nombre Press. She holds an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book as well as an MLIS and Graduate Certificate in Book Studies also from the University of Iowa where she studied on an Iowa Arts Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad and can be seen in over thirty museums and special collections libraries worldwide.