Margy OBrien – Mountain Palette


© 2018
edition of 1
dimensions in inches: 4 x 4 x .5

In stock

About this piece:

How to capture in a book – an up and down autumn hike in Santa Fe’s aspen forests, shuffling through leaves, surprised by a butterfly? The imagery of piled up golden leaves was in my head, and words were forming, but what structure could convey looking down at this beauty? This variation of Paul Jackson’s expanding booklet fold structure was perfect. That is where I started. I wrote the 3 lines of verse reflecting on a walk through aspens as leaves drifted down. A Weidemeyer’s Admiral butterfly surprised me along a mountainside stream, so it became a small pop-up in the piles of leaves. A USGS map from Santa Fe National Forest represents the stream path. Many scrap papers from my stash contributed to the collage of cutout aspen leaves. To emphasize the palette of mosaic leaf pieces, I trimmed the edges of the structure to emphasize the leaf patterns.


acrylic, paper, board, book cloth

About the artist(s):

Lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

Margy O’Brien’s artist’s books have been included in ABQ Museum’s ArtsThrive Exhibit for 5 years, Contemporary Artists’ Books show at Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM and Mesa (AZ) Art Museum’s Annual Contemporary Crafts juried show for 2 years. They are also included in 500 Handmade Books (Lark) and 1000 Artists’ Books (Quarry). She was an Artist in Residence at Rocky Mt Nat Park where she focused on watercolor sketchbooks. Her sculptural books are intimate containers of image and words that offer a one on one interaction, revealing and illuminating by opening, handling and reading.


Margy OBrien – Mountain Palette