I have long been fond of medieval and Renaissance art and architecture. As a book artist who most often works in wood, I’m especially intrigued by multi-panel altarpieces and hinged icons. I’ve done a couple of folding triptychs in the past, and think of them as books in a very elemental form. For this piece, I turned a set of five furniture scraps into a pentaptych, letting the material dictate the size and chunky proportions. My narrative starting point was Christ’s entry into Jerusalem. Following the lead of James Ensor, maybe, I ended up with a dark retelling of that triumphal scene. In this piece, humans are conspicuously absent, but their mark is everywhere. A prayer in the animals’ voice, scratched into the four side panels, provides the key to a quietly apocalyptic narrative.
|Title||The Animals' Entry into Jerusalem|
|Place of Publication||Portland, OR|
|Book Structure/ Binding Method||Modified accordion with antique cabinet hinges|
|Medium/ Materials||Collage and assemblage on reclaimed wood with various metals, glass, wood, and acrylics|
|Number of Pages||5 pages|
|Dimensions (WxH) or (WxHxD)||8 x 10 x 7.5 inches closed. Extends out to 28.5 inches.|
|Signed and Numbered?||Signed by the artist|