about this piece
About this piece:
From Dolph’s ongoing series of Scrapbooks, Cloud Love features layered clouds and hearts cut from thin wood, a wooden ladder on a cover of thin wood strips attached to board. One interior fold out page features a paper airplane; text block is comprised of 11 signatures in two tones of paper.
This series of books addresses Dolph’s interest in blind collaboration, creating a connection between Dolph and the collector, even if s/he remains unknown. To this end, Dolph completes his books with text blocks of blank pages. His hope is that whoever comes to have one of his works finish what he started.
paper, wood, thread, acrylic, ink, book cloth
About the artist:
Dolph Smith’s career began in post war Europe as a GI stunned enough by the art and architecture of that world to risk returning to the Memphis College of Art near his home in western Tennessee. He graduated in 1960 in Advertising Design, soon became bored and picked up a watercolor brush. Five years later he was back at MCA as a faculty member. He taught there for 30 years developing a Handmade Paper and Book program. He has not been bored since. Now lives and has a studio on a farm he named Tennarkippi Field, on Hurricane Hill, near Ripley, Tennessee.