Erin K. Schmidt – The Unfinished Blanket


© 2016

edition of 4

dimensions in inches: 10 x 7.5 x 3


About this piece:
This sculptural book takes the form of a baby’s blanket. It is a blanket that was begun with hope and expectation, but now is no longer needed and has been left unfinished. Text printed on ribbon closures describes as the joy of pregnancy becomes the sadness and despair of a miscarriage. The unfinished blanket swaddles a small silk book. An abnormal ultrasound image followed by pages of text taken directly from pathology reports of the procedures following this rare twin molar pregnancy lie in place of a baby. The words, which are carefully wrapped and protected within the blanket, are the emotionless description of heartbreaking emptiness. This is number 2 in an edition of 4.

yarn, ribbon, silk, archival ink
About the artist:

Lives and works in Rochester Hills, Michigan, United States

Erin K. Schmidt is a book artist whose work is heavily influenced by notions of identity through personal history, memory, and perception. She has earned her MA in Book Arts from Camberwell College of Arts at the University of the Arts London, graduating with distinction. Her work has been exhibited internationally and can be found in private and public collections including Tate Britain; Saison Poetry Library, London; University of the West of England, Bristol; University of California San Diego; and RISD.

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Erin K. Schmidt – The Unfinished Blanket

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