Erin K. Schmidt – Life is But a Dream


© 2019
edition of 10
dimensions in inches: 6.5 x 11 x 2


About this piece:

To some the sea is an irresistible enigma. What is there in the lure of its depths and of its waves that never break the same? It is a calling that cannot be resisted, much like the siren’s song. A promise of blue, peaceful bliss. Or, just delusion.

One continuous wave approaches and crashes seamlessly from page to page of silk habotai as an origami boat boasting the mantra ‘life is but a dream’ rides the crest and fall. The call of the sea is printed on silk organza followed by a helpless plea to disobey, washed away by the turn of the page, relinquished to the sea.

The photograph used in this book was taken by the artist of the Sea of Cortez in San Jose del Cabo. There is a long stretch of shore in Southern Baja California along which a dangerous rip current flows. The waves rise and crash in a hypnotic and tempting rhythm. At each peak the sunlight shines through the water illuminating it in jewel tones. The waves here are a beautiful force of nature. Many have lost their lives in these waters. The flowing nature of the materials allows this book to be displayed in a variety of ways, wavy, flat, etc.


silk, paper, twine, metal

About the artist:

Lives and works in Rochester Hills, Michigan, United States

Erin K. Schmidt has her BFA from Michigan State University and her MA in Book Arts from Camberwell College of Arts at the University of the Arts London. Her work has been exhibited internationally and can be found in public and private collections.

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Erin K. Schmidt – Life is But a Dream

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