About this piece:
Half-bound in red silk, She’d Had No Premonition… was conceived after the artist received news that her childhood home had burned to the ground. The intaglio-printed title and cover illustration is inset into the top board of this two-page, diorama-like pop-up book, designed to open just past 90°. The title’s full text of
“She’d had no premonition, but afterwards, many dreams…”
continues inside. Dream texts are etched into an aquatinted cloud of smoke billowing from the small town’s aerial map – a dark column against a backdrop of winged household items, etched and aquatinted lost objects going up in smoke. A winged human girl flies to the rescue, suspended above tiny, orderly rooftops. Unable to physically return to her hometown for several weeks after learning of the fire, the artist found herself making regular nocturnal visits in her dreams, discovering, as the text etched into the foreground relates:
“To that house, she could travel in her sleep.”
One of a number of works I’ve completed examining our physical, emotional and psychological connectedness to familiar objects and sheltering spaces.
ink, paper, nylon filament, book cloth, board
About the artist:
resides in Chicago, Illinois, United States
Teresa Pankratz is an interdisciplinary book and paper artist living and working in Chicago. She uses the mediums of printmaking, bookbinding, sculpture, writing and performance to tell stories. Her tales of desire, loss and transformation find their physical form as artists’ books and narrative installations. Teresa has been exhibiting since 1988. Venues have included the Ryerson Library of the Art Institute of Chicago, the New York Center for Book Arts and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Her artists’ books are part of special collection libraries throughout the United States.