Field Studies No. 21 by Andie Thrams -SOLD!

Field Studies is an ongoing series of unique artist's books and paintings that I create in wild places. Each work documents one species, a particular habitat, or a unique wilderness experience. I made the images for this book during autumn forays into the Upper Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias in Yosemite National Park. While sitting on the ground under those giant trees, I drew with forest twigs dipped in ink and found bits of burnt giant sequoia bark. I also used paints I made from giant sequoia sap and manzanita bark. I use these materials because they feel responsive to the unpredictable forces I like to invite into my process. The work I bring back from the wild receives minimal treatment in the studio, and retains traces of the forest: rain spots, paint spatters, debris, and reverence.

Artist Bio

Andie Thrams is a California-based painter and book artist. Her lifelong devotion to creative work in wilderness locations, especially within the pages of her field journals, has evolved into artist's books and paintings held in numerous private and public collections including Yale University and the University of California. 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 from the University of California, Berkeley, and teaches for San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco State University, and more. She is currently at work on two series, "In Forests" and "Field Studies." These projects, involving both artist's books and paintings, record her experiences during treks on foot and by kayak into remote forests from California to Alaska. Andie lives in the foothills of California's Sierra Nevada with her husband.