“Depths” is an exploration in making tunnel books from handmade paper. I’d been experimenting with creating layered images in monochromatic color. After trying one all in white and playing with the effects of layering on light and shadow in the tunnel, it seemed like making one in black was the next logical step. It seemed fitting to create layers in black that feature carnivorous fish that live in the deepest part of the ocean. As a kid, one of my favorite books was a pop-up/ moveable book of such creatures, and you had to move certain flaps and hinges to reveal the creature that was hiding behind an illusion of mysterious orbs and patterns of lights. This is an homage to that book, and the mystery that comes with illusion.
handmade paper, book cloth
Lauren Faulkenberry is a writer and book artist based in Whittier, North Carolina. A love of storytelling drives her work, often leading her to explore the points where shared mythologies and personal histories overlap. Her work has been shown both nationally and internationally, and her books are held in Special Collections libraries in the U.S. and abroad. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Georgia College and an MFA in Book Arts from The University of Alabama.