About this piece:
In 2013, I was given a book printed in 1722 that used to belong to New York fiber artist, Lenore Tawney (1907-2007). I found pressed between the pages, somewhere near the middle, the petal of a flower, carefully folded in a Kleenex. I was struck by her choice of flower press, but also the ultimate triumph of forgetfulness over this simple gesture of preservation. In response I created an etching of the petal, printing it over and over as if to immortalize it in effigy. Eventually the cut petals, numbering the century of Tawney’s years, themselves began to resemble a book, and came to stand for the spaces between pages; so often forgotten and so rarely noticed, yet always there comprising that ineffable quality of the whole.
hand-cut etchings, flower petal, handmade lacquer box
Charissa Schulze is a book and paper artist currently living in Philadelphia. A native of Northern California, she studied Printmaking and Art History at Humboldt State University before relocating to the East Coast to pursue her MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She is currently working as a conservation technician at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Through a love of history and meticulous craft, her artwork explores themes of time and beauty and has been exhibited both nationally and abroad.