About this piece:
Walks in the wilderness have long been touted as rejuvenating to the soul. Through this activity, we regain a connection to ourselves with an intimacy that is unlike other spiritual activities. Taking in the spaces around us, we inevitably reflect back on ourselves and ponder our place within the larger cosmos. Nicole Geary and Cat Snapp acknowledge the realm of the outdoors in their individual works in an assortment of ways, yet leave space for the inner voice to speak. In this book, Nicole and Cat examined overlapping themes in their work to create an editioned artist book. In reference to a field notebook, it is a pocket-size book filled with meditative drawings and internal thoughts on nature that is poetic rather than scientific. The book focuses on themes of landscape, spirituality, time, and kinship.
The artists created Fossils & Whispers long distance using the internet and the postal service. It was printed and bound at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, Texas. The images were letterpress printed using photopolymer plates and the text was typed using Nicole’s 1959 Smith-Corona Galaxie typewriter. The papers used are Rives Lightweight and Awagami Factory Gampi-shi. The bookcloth is Asahi natural linen.
paper, ink, cloth, thread
About the artist:
Nicole Geary’s work is driven by her interest in geology and an incessant yearning to understand the past. Blending the traditions of fieldwork and printmaking, Geary presents a body of work with complex emotions and nuanced readings. Cat Snapp’s imagery is influenced by patterns from her Samoan and Mexican heritage and her recent artwork is inspired by the sublime impact of wilderness and nature on the individual.