Long-time gallery and collector favorite Lynn Skordal recently sent a batch of new books. I am always get so excited to open Lynn’s box of treasures! She has a way of creating artist books with collage that are smart, intelligent, dreamy, curious, creative and not to mention superbly technically perfect. Her unique artist books are a joy to show off to both book arts fans and those new to the medium. Her collaged pages draw viewers deep into the images first, and then once they are drawn in, I point out that they are created with painstaking old-fashioned scissors and glue. Lynn’s perfection always draws admiration. Not a rough cut or goober a glue can be found anywhere and her incorporation of vintage books, papers and other found objects create further dimension.
Seattle Art Museum librarian Traci Timmons recently featured Lynn’s work on the Museum blog with an article that tied Lynn’s work to the current Andrew Wyeth exhibit. Check out this opening paragraph:
“In Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect, we see how Wyeth masterfully conveys a sense of place, constructing a certain reality or vision of landscapes, domestic spaces, and people of rural Pennsylvania and the coastal villages of Maine. For the Dorothy Stimson Bullitt Library‘s current book installation, we examine an artist’s book that also conveys a sense of place, one that is carefully constructed yet imagined.”
Using artist books to make connections with current exhibitions or even particular works in a collection is happening more frequently these days with broadened outreach efforts. Many museum and gallery curators and librarians use artist books to foster deeper conversations about art and the relationships between materials, structures, concepts or subject matters. Artist books also bring teaching opportunities, making art more accessible and relatable for a variety of audiences.
Thank you Traci for your efforts and congratulations Lynn for such an honor!