About this piece:
Swing II is a one-of-a-kind artist’s book bound as a single-section pamphlet with a pull-out accordion. The drawings on the accordion are made using water-soluble graphite. Embroidery is used as a second method of drawing and mark-making on the page as well as on the cover of the book. When open, the grey mulberry paper accordion structure allows light to be softly transmitted through the book.
The leaf imagery in Swing II has been pulled from images of shadows I have collected and recorded. I have been gathering this imagery for many years and using these images as a way to explore absence, drawing upon my own memory – specifically my earliest memory – of running between the rows of plants in my grandfather’s garden. The imagery in Swing II is intended to speak to the inherent impermanence of memory, it is an attempt to give some permanence to a moment – to create a particular place at a particular instant in time.
graphite, thread, paper, digital ink
About the artist:
Krista Narciso is an emerging book artist and printmaker currently based in Iowa City, Iowa. She earned a BFA in Printmaking from Hartford Art School in West Hartford, Connecticut in 2015 and is currently an MFA candidate in Book Arts at the University of Iowa Center for the Book. Narciso works across the media of drawing, printmaking, and book arts, frequently incorporating embroidery and sewing into her bookworks. She employs imagery drawn from nature and shadows to explore issues of memory, absence and presence, record-keeping, and impermanence.