Threshold explores states that exist at the boundaries of consciousness, where dream and reality intermingle. Five booklets – sleep paralysis, hypnagogia, fugue, reverie, lucid dream – visually depict these dissociative experiences, in which the mind and body are out of sync, awareness is disjointed, or wakefulness and sleep overlap. Each booklet is created from a single sheet of handmade paper, and unfolds to reveal imagery on the interior. The set is held in the pockets of an accordion book structure with translucent acrylic covers, and includes a sixth booklet containing letterpress-printed definitions of the different liminal states. The paper was made from abaca and flax, overbeaten for translucency, and the imagery was created with ink, gouache, colored pencil, pochoir, burning, cutting, and hole punching.
HM paper, ink, acrylic
About the artist:
Karen Hardy is a visual artist based in Asheville, North Carolina. Her practice is centered on an experimental approach to materials, and is influenced by her background in the natural sciences. She uses innovative hand papermaking techniques and a variety of non-traditional materials in her artist books, sculpture, and installation. Her artist books are widely exhibited and held in collections across the country and abroad. Karen received an MFA in book arts & printmaking from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and currently teaches book arts at Western Carolina University and Warren Wilson College