Created for the 2015 Ideation Experience exhibition.
paper, watercolor, ink, adhesive film, fixative
Artist Statement about work:
The exacting challenges of the card picks created bookmaking conditions both terrible and wonderful. Here, a series of firsts: a boustrophon as structure, translucent paper, my least favorite color. It seemed extraordinary that this stew of seemingly disparate bits would cohere into a whole and satisfying work. As I picked cards, the song Dona, Dona was already running through my head. I had sung it in our synagogue and was now again as the community prepared for Holocaust Remembrance Day. I envisioned it as a book. I researched and learned it in Yiddish–my grandparents’ tongue–and felt the delicate relationship between the two languages as i inscribed the text and traced the images, back to back, so they could be just barely seen on the other side. It has been deeply meaningful to me to make this book. All the materials i used here added to this pleasure, including the watercolor, but most especially the handmade flax paper from the Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland.
Created using the following Ideation Deck card draws: color – least favorite; structure – single sheet binding; image – extracted from a single image; technique – low-tech; layout – centered on the page; text – collaborate with a writer or poet; paper- transparent, translucent. Adjectives: issue-based , allegorical , elegant or harmonious , strange or exotic , traditional or historical
Diane Britt is a Birmingham, Ohio book artist who also draws, paints, and makes sculpture/installation. She credits much of her development as an artist with such artists’ associations as The World Sculpture Racing Society, Art Books Cleveland, and the Morgan Conservatory of Papermaking. Diane has exhibited at the Ingalls Library at the Cleveland Museum and the Stocker Center Gallery in Elyria, Ohio, and is currently in Monumental in Miniature III, traveling in the U.S. and abroad. She values play, curiosity, and engaging with the world and self as a lifelong process.