My interest in literature and imagery combine in this series of altered books. Each unique piece is hand-crafted from an antique book, and incorporates the sculpted book, a hand-printed photograph, and often other elements such as text, fabric, painted endpapers, and more. This particular book includes a hand-printed photogravure inlaid into the book.
The photograph in this book is from the artist’s Astra Velum series.
April, a freckled woman in this series, told me a story from her childhood: One day after playing outside, her grandmother asked her to go wash up. She went to the bathroom and did so, but grandma wasn’t satisfied. “Your face isn’t clean! Go scrub it some more!” The young girl was distraught, for all that was left on her skin were her freckles, and no amount of scrubbing would make them go away.
In a world that flaunts flawlessness as the ideal, can we find real beauty in the blemishes? More than once, while photographing for this series, women thanked me for making something beautiful out of what they often viewed as an imperfection.
At its essence, Astra Velum explores the beauty of flawed human skin, with its freckles and scars, overlaid upon us like a thin veil of stars.
— Fritz Liedtke
|Title||Lands and Peoples|
|Place of Publication||Portland, OR|
|Number of Images/ Illustrations||One|
|Image/ Illustration Process||Photogravure|
|Book Structure/ Binding Method||Altered Vintage Book|
|Dimensions (WxH) or (WxHxD)||7 x 10 x 1 inches|
|Edition Size||Unique Altered Book|