Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder – Reliquary


© 2015
edition of 25
dimensions in inches: 5 x 7 x 6


About this piece:

Reliquary memorializes forgotten objects found in the Mojave desert, with text centered around loss, memory, and decay. Questions asked in the text focus on where memory is held within objects and within our bodies, and do they erode at a similar rate? The rolling box structure reveals one compartment at a time, the items inside mirrored by their gold stamped “sigils” on adjacent cloth. Items and sigils are arranged referencing trail markers and “hobo code” to navigate the way. The last compartment holds a photograph of the area of the desert where the items were found, faded behind a fogged plexi window.

Rolling box structure variation based on design developed by Julie Chen. Objects contained in compartments: bottlecap, shotgun casing, cigarette, rusted nails, photograph of the Mojave desert. Text panels letterpress printed from polymer plates. Gold sigils are hot foil stamped from custom dies.


found objects,acrylic, paper, bookcloth

About the artist:

Lives and works in San Antonio, Texas, United States

Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder is a book artist and writer currently based in San Antonio, Texas. She holds an MFA in Book Art & Creative Writing from Mills College, and creates Artist’s Books under the imprint of Coyote Bones Press. Keri has worked as a Studio Assistant at Flying Fish Press in Berkeley, CA and as an Edition Binder at BookLab II in San Marcos, TX. Keri’s work examines landscape and objects as metaphor for the human experience with a strong curiosity behind how we understand and navigate space, often taking form as movable structures, and intricate boxes.

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Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder – Reliquary

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