Michael Peven – Slugs and Roses


4.5 x 5 closed opens to 132
© 2008
edition of 11

about this piece

A boxed full-color bookwork in a concertina fold, printed on both sides. These are pictures of actual slugs and roses that grow in the artist’s backyard. The texts deal with survival and growth. On one side are the desperate needs of all of us to for ecological emergencies, and on the opposite pages are the stories of Easter Island and its invasion by humans and its degradation. On the back are facts and figures about slugs, a true biological lesson, as well as a description of roses and their history. The text as usual in all the artist’s books often times seems obscured – you really have to work hard to save the earth

Peven was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and attended the University of Illinois, Chicago for a BA in Design and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for an MFA in Photography/Artists Books. He has been active as a photographer, bookmaker and installation artist since the 1970s. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in more than 40 one person exhibits and over 100 group shows and is in numerous public collections and archives. Peven has received awards and fellowships from the Arkansas Arts Council, Mid-America Arts Alliance/NEA, JW Fulbright College and the University of Arkansas Teaching Academy.

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Michael Peven – Slugs and Roses