Maryann J. Riker – Spirit Box


© 2015
edition of 1
3.5 x 3.5 x 3.5

about this piece


Created for the 2015 Ideation Experience exhibition.

paper, acrylic


Artist Statement about work:

Utilizing the ideation draw, a collaboration was done between poet, Nancy Scott, who has been blind since birth and visual artist, Maryann Riker. Text with process of erasure became the critical element in deciding to use braille to create an acrostic poem using the word ‘spirit’.  Neither the viewer can understand the verbiage nor can feel the text in order to realize the poetry hidden within the box. So many of our endeavors to realize the spirit within ourselves remains untouched and unseen until critical moments occur that force us to confront it and evolve or confront it and regress.

Created using the following Ideation Deck card draws: color – monochromatic; structure – unbound; image – none; technique – digital; layout – based on a grid; text – process of erasure; paper- multiple colors. Adjectives: lyrical or musical, gigantic, encyclopedic, optimistic, humorous.

About artist:

Maryann J. Riker is a mixed-media artist whose collages and artist’s books convey a narrative dealing with memory, time, and spiritual journeys. Recent book works deal with specific incidents in history such as the Holocaust, the Dust Bowl, and the Women’s Suffragette Movement. Other artist’s books cover the area of genetic engineering, genetically modified organisms and their introduction into the human food chain and their impact on the environment and humanity.

The collaborator, poet and essayist, Nancy Scott has more than 650 bylines published in magazines and blogs. Her recent bylines include poems in Breath and Shadow and Word Gathering.

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Maryann J. Riker – Spirit Box