|Artist / Creator||Susan Lowdermilk and Tallmadge Doyle|
|Place of Publication||Eugene, OR|
|Book Binder||Susan Lowdermilk and Tallmadge Doyle|
|Process / Technique||Etching|
|Number of Images||6 including cover image|
|Structure / Binding||Star carousel binding with hard covers|
|Paper Stock||Magnani Incisioni Italia|
|Number of Pages||5 spreads|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||Closed 6.5 x 11.25 x 1.5 inches. Opened 12 x 11.25 x 1.5 inches|
|Edition Size||Deluxe variable edition of 3. Digitally printed edition of 30.|
|Box / Wrapper||Protective wrapper out of Stonehenge paper|
|Signed & Numbered||Yes|
We originally created Aviary as a unique book for a collaborative project for the 2011 Sitka Invitational Exhibition in Portland, Oregon. Original etchings are by Tallmadge Doyle, from various prints in the following series of works, Contemplari Natura, the Celestial Menagerie, Mysterium Cosmographicum and Homage to Kepler. The imagery in this book juxtaposes an aviary of birds with the universal mathematical order and geometric shapes associated with the cosmos. The subject of this book is about an inherent connection with the mysteries of nature on earth and the mysteries of the universe as a whole. Aviary was designed by Susan Lowdermilk and constructed together by both artists. The book shown in the photos here is the deluxe edition that currently is on hand at 23 Sandy. This variable edition consists of three books, with the variable being the hand-coloring on the original bird etchings. Also note: Currently in the design stages is the second edition of Aviary, which will be a digital reproduction of one of the three originals. This version is expected to be complete in early 2014. Please contact Laura at 23 Sandy if you would like to reserve a copy of the digital version.
Artist BioSusan Lowdermilk As a printmaker and book artist, I primarily work in relief media such as woodcut and wood engraving. I teach art and applied design courses at Lane Community College in Eugene Oregon. My work appears in many public collections including the Getty Museum, the Library of Congress and the New York Public Library and is represented in galleries throughout the United States. I explore mark and impression as visual and conceptual ideas through my work in print media and artist’s books. I strive to express the tenuous qualities of the human experience and human interaction through my representation of objects and mark as visual metaphors. I invite the viewer to overlay their own personal metaphors and narratives as they experience my work. Tallmadge Doyle Born in New York City, Tallmadge Doyle currently resides in Eugene, Oregon where she has lived and worked since 1989. She received her BFA in drawing from the Cleveland Art Institute and her MFA in printmaking from the University of Oregon where she has taught Printmaking as an Adjunct Professor since 1997. Her work is included in numerous public and private collections including the Portland Art Museum’s Gilkey Print Collection, the Oregon State University Art About Agriculture Collection, the City of Seattle Portable Works Collection, and the Cleveland Art Association Collection. She is represented by the Davidson Galleries in Seattle and the Augen Gallery in Portland.