artists books

My unique, or one-of-a-kind, artist books are containers exploring the human body, memory mixed with reverie and fantasy, emotions, the world of growing things, the human body, and the need to remember places of significance. Created in series of two to eight pieces, I use the simple structures of accordions, concertinas and single folded page bindings, and incorporate drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, stitchery and three-dimensional found objects. Text is gathered from my journal writing, sewing patterns, charts, maps and diagrams, from web research, and from responses to questions that I’ve asked. The expressive poems of Mary Oliver, May Sarton, and Anne Sexton are “woven” into some pieces and inspire others. Many books have “belts” that emphasize the ritual of opening, entering and “reading,” and most are two-sided three-dimensional objects.


FELT AND STITCHERY


ANXIETY JOURNAL
accordion binding, felt, embroidery floss, monoprints, cover: 14 x 7″, inside: 18 x 25″, 1993


BROOKLYN NIGHTS: GUN STORIES SERIES I
accordion binding, felt, embroidery floss, collage, acrylic, cover: 10 x 12”, inside: 12 x 30”, 1994


BROOKLYN NIGHTS: GUN STORIES SERIES II
accordion binding, felt, embroidery floss, marker, acrylic, cover: 14 x 12”, inside: 14 x 31”, 1994


HEART STORIES
double accordion binding, embroidery floss, marker, acrylic, cover: 18 x 11”, inside: 18 x 25”, 1994


MEMORY AND EMOTIONS


PORTRAIT: MOTHER
concertina binding, rubber, photo copies, acrylic paint, postcards, twine, cover: 10 x 9”, 1992


PORTRAIT: MY MOTHER/MY SISTER
concertina binding, photo copies, acrylic, cover: 8 x 10”, 1992


THE MIRRORED ROOM
series of six books, double concertina binding, photo transfers, book cloth, plastic, twine, 12 x 12” each, 2005


TIED IN NOTS: BOOKS I AND II
acordion binding, series of two books, acrylic, collage, twine, 12 x 10″, 2007


THE WIFE BEATER: BOOKS I AND II
series of two books, accordion binding, acrylic, collage, 14 x 10″ each, wall panel, paper on wood of all pages (42 x 50″), 2009


THE BODY AND THE HUMAN CONDITION


DENTAL ANXIETY
accordion binding, acrylic, collage, found objects, 12 x 9″, 2007


GALL STONES/ROLLING STONES BOOKS: I & II
accordion binding, series of two, acrylic, collage, found objects, 10 x 7″ each, 2009


INTERIOR STRUCTURES: A TRIPTYCH
single page binding, acrylic, paste paper, 10 ½ x 7 ½” each, 1997


WRIST WRECK
accordion binding, acrylic, fabric ink, 12 x 10”, 2008


BODY LIQUIDS: WATER
concertina binding, series of six, photo transfers on book cloth, 10 ½ x 10 ½” each, 1997


THE SPINE: WEAR AND TEAR
series of four, concertina binding, twine, photo transfer on book cloth, collage, 13 x 13” each, 2010


PLACE


LONG ISLAND LANDSCAPES: SUNSET, ROCKY BEACH, and OCEAN VIEW
series of eight books, concertina binding, photo transfer on book cloth, paper, found objects, all 8 ½ x 12”, 2000


RUNNING THROUGH BROOKLYN: THE NYC MARATHON
concertina binding, photo transfer on paper and book cloth, found objects, 8 ½ x 12″, 2000. Brooklyn Museum Collection.


ALONG THE HUDSON
series of two, double panorama binding, acrylic, photo transfer on paper, cover: 9 x 12″, opened: 9 x 45″, 2006


ALONG THE HUDSON
double panorama binding, edition of 14 photo lithographs, 5 x 7″ closed, 2009. Printed at Kathy Caraccio Studios.


NATURE


LAKE OF THE STARS
accordion binding, ink, acrylic, 11 ½ x 4 ½”, 2003


SILVER LANDSCAPE
accordion binding, paste paper, acrylic, 9 ½ x 3”, 2003


MORNING AT GREAT POND: REFLECTIONS ON MARY OLIVER POEM
double accordion binding, acrylic, photo transfer, twine, 10 x 9 x 1″, opened: 40″, 2004


BLACKWATER WOODS: REFLECTIONS ON MARY OLIVER POEM
single folded binding, text on edges, crayon, paint, metal, front and back covers: 12 x 9”, opened: 12 x 42”, 2004


ROSES
single page binding, acrylic, metal, collage, cover: 12 x 10”, opened: 48 x 12”,
wall panel piece of pages (40 x 46″), 2004