Each year, the sketchbook project presents a new challenge, direction, idea to pursue. Though materials often remain constant, the visual text strikes a unique identity every time.
For the 2016 submission, I wanted to create a visual object that could function as a book but also as a sculpture. The process began by deconstructing the sketchbook and re-imagining its structure as something other than the traditional book format. The accordion construction still offers the viewer a chance to flip the pages but also lends itself to a bigger picture, a full length vision of all the pages working in tandem on front and back simultaneously.
This working process connects well to my studio practice in many ways including material choices and creative techniques like collage and assemblage, sewing, and found poem text. Using these techniques allows meaning to stem from a variety of locations, redirecting original intent toward a new voice, a suggested narrative, a pause in action, a moment that offers a trace of becoming.
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