|Artist / Creator
|Broken Cloud Press
|Place of Publication
|Santa Fe, New Mexico
|Process / Technique
|Blind impression letterpress printing, archival pigment printing
|Number of Images
|Structure / Binding
|Leporello book with pop-up elements
|6 x 6 x 1.5 inches (closed)
|Box / Wrapper
|Signed & Numbered
Farbversuche is a collection of visual translations made from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s exploratory experimentation in color perception. This hardcover book of 8 leporello-bound folios features the 16 illustrations from Section II—Ursprünglicher (origins, experiments) of the artist book Mutterfarbe. The book and a tri-fold pamphlet displaying Goethe’s original illustrations (from which the visual translations were created) are housed in a clamshell box.
The visual translations were made by rendering Goethe’s hand-drawn illustrations into vector art. The line and color elements were then separated and put through various processes: The color elements were further “translated” by subjecting them to the interpretations of open source glitch art software. The line elements were made into photopolymer plates from which blind impressions were printed over the glitch art results.
Artist BioErin Mickelson is an artist operating under the imprint Broken Cloud Press. Her work includes artist books, printmaking, and new & mixed media. She earned her BFA with a concentration in book arts at Oregon College of Art & Craft and holds a degree in graphic design as well. Erin includes both traditional techniques and digital & experimental processes in her work, which is held in various private and public collections—including the libraries of the Seattle Art Museum, Yale University, Reed College, Baylor University, and the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. Erin is the owner and director of 23 Sandy, a gallery featuring unique and limited edition artist books.