Melissa Wagner-Lawler – The Familiar Space


© 2015
edition of 4
9.25 x 10 x .75



Created for the 2015 Ideation Experience exhibition.

paper, book cloth, book board


Artist Statement about work:

This work explores the uncertainty of the space around us. The book can be unbound by the viewer, effectively destroying the narrative and the visual space. The pages are pressure printed on the exterior of the folded page and screen printed on the interior. Spine is a modified drumleaf binding with slots to hold the removable pages. The text is laser cut on the exterior side and printed as a negative element on the interior, both addressing the process of erasure.

Created using the following Ideation Deck card draws: color – monochromatic; structure – unbound; image – self-generated; technique – unfamiliar; layout – across the folds; text – process of erasure; paper- neutral. Adjectives: personal , textured , surreal , whimsical , scientific/research based

About artist:

Melissa Wagner-Lawler is an interdisciplinary artist and Associate Lecturer in Printmaking and the First Year Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She received her BFA from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 2002 and MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2007. In 2012, she was an artist is residence at the Minnesota Center for the Book Arts. Her book and print work is held in numerous collections, including the University of Utah, UW-Milwaukee, the University of Washington and Savannah College of Art & Design – Atlanta.

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Melissa Wagner-Lawler – The Familiar Space

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