About this piece:
Bicycles form a chain come from my recent exploration (and obsession!) with circular shapes. That has led me to explore a wide variety of cycles. Making my own paper enabled me to have natural deckles on round leaves and opened up the door for several round books, circular time story (time), a book for laure (time and memory) and les bicyclettes font la chaîne (bicycles)! In these books I also explore freedom and attachment. The book is bound but the lightness and transparency of the paper suggests a possible escape. I have always felt there was some resemblance between dogs and bicycles that wait, attached to a post, for their human companions. There is within their expectancy something mysterious that I tried to capture in this book. These bicycles both real and rooted in my imagination form a chain that give them, maybe, an opportunity to escape their terrestrial ties.
The original text in the book is written in French and an english translation is available with the book.
paper, digital ink, museum board, metal, fabric
About the artist:
lives in Palo Alto, California, USA
A French native, Servane first came to California in 1985 before completing her studies in New York and Milan. Since then, she has lived in San Francisco, Paris, and Palo Alto. She has worked in various fields and made a radical move from high tech to printmaking and book arts in 2006. She is currently an artist in residence at Cubberley Artist Studio Program in Palo Alto. Her books may be an attempt to gentle the information overload and make a pause in time, while she welcomes the wealth of data and ideas that are today’s constant source of inspiration.