About this piece:
This is a joyful gathering of found images and parts of images including some ‘quotes’ from other artists such as Fernando Botero as well as from an artist friend’s baby picture. It was enormously fulfilling to connect these diverse images in unexpected and sometimes droll ways.
In the process of making this book I used images from James Grant, a California artist who worked abstractly in plastics. Also I used a part of John Ezell’s set design. Other artists included are Alighieri Betti, Gillian Brown, Inga Frick, Alberts Seba, Chris Ofili, and anonymous artists who created exquisite Persian illuminated manuscripts. The sea, sailboat and palm tree image is from a postcard ad I received from The Ritz-Carlton Club about the Residences at Kapalua Bay. I used origami pattern papers scanned into my computer for many of the backgrounds. Each page has a complex design on the front and a simpler design on the back.
paper, ink, acrylic, glitter
About the artist:
Elaine Langerman studied art throughout high school and college, graduating from the University of Maryland with an MFA in 1978. She works in two- and three-dimensions, inspired by dreams, poetry, mystical texts, and everyday life. Langerman enjoys her love of visual creation with her love of books and has experimented with creating books with many diverse materials and diverse forms. She has shown work throughout the United States and abroad. Her unique books are included in several university collections. Recently she was awarded a grant from the Bader Fund to support her studio work.