|Artist / Creator||Andie Thrams|
|Place of Publication||Coloma, CA|
|Structure / Binding||Accordion with wrap around cover closes with a magnet|
|Medium / Materials||Written, drawn and painted with brushes, twigs, and pens using ink, graphite, watercolor, gouache, gold leaf, and shell gold|
|Paper Stock||Fabriano watercolor paper; cover and case of Cave Paper|
|Number of Pages||8 pages (4 panels painted on both sides of the paper)|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||7 x 5.5 x .25 inches. Extends out to 23 inches.|
|Signed & Numbered||Signed and dated by the artist|
FIELD STUDIES is an ongoing series of unique artist’s books and paintings drawn, written and painted in the field using twig, brush, pencil and pen. Each book illuminates one wild species or particular habitat with text often addressing grief over environmental degradation and loss. To make my books I go into wild forests for hours, days or weeks at a time. While there, I work sitting on the ground, using ink, pencil, watercolor and gouache on paper. Content is otherwise unplanned and is completed spontaneously while I am outdoors. The traces of fieldwork remain: rain and paint spatters, stains, debris, and other forest marks. This book was made in ferny thickets, under giant Sitka Spruce and Douglas Fir in Northern California and Oregon coastal forests. It is dedicated to my Dad and was made over the last year of his life. Hand-lettered text about family, life, death, love, and mystery appear and disappear within drawn and painted imagery.
Artist BioAndie Thrams (b. 1952, Oakland, CA) is a California-based visual artist and occasional publisher as Larkspur Graphics. Her lifelong devotion to creative work in wilderness locations, especially within the pages of her field journals, has evolved into artist books and paintings held in numerous private and public collections at Yale University and the University of California, among others. Her work is widely exhibited and has been honored by institutions including Sitka Center for Art & Ecology and Yosemite Renaissance. She earned a BA in art practice from the University of California Berkeley and teaches for San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco State University Sierra Nevada Field Campus and more. She is currently at work on two series, IN FORESTS and FIELD STUDIES. These projects, which record her experiences during treks on foot and by kayak into wild forests from California to Alaska, are a contemporary hybrid of the illuminated manuscript and the field journal.