Susan Lowdermilk – Power Play


© 2002
edition of 35
dimensions in inches: 4 x 4
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About this piece:

Power Play is structured as a workable, six panel Jacob’s Ladder toy. Images of rock, paper, scissors appear in each panel. As the boards move and clack against each other, the images appear to change position and move down the line. The book’s concept stems from the idea that everyone believes they have power over someone else, but in fact, no one has any advantage. Therefore the act of asserting aggression is futile.


paper, book board, ribbon, ink

About the artist(s):

Lives and works in Eugene, Oregon, United States

Susan Lowdermilk is a book artist and printmaker. She creates hand bound artist’s books involving movable parts and pop-ups and uses traditional printmaking processes. She is a professor at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon and also teaches workshops in artist’s books, paper engineering and printmaking. Her work has been collected by over 60 public institutions worldwide and is represented in galleries throughout the United States. She earned her MFA from the University of Oregon in Eugene, and her BFA from Colorado State University in Fort Collins.


Susan Lowdermilk – Power Play