|Field Studies No. 9, Wyethia molliss (Open Faces)
|Artist / Creator
|Place of Publication
|Structure / Binding
|Accordion-folding artist book of eight folios with imagery front and back, matching covers, and folding case
|Medium / Materials
|Written and painted with brushes, sticks, colored pencils and pens using ink, wheat paste, watercolor, gouache and gold leaf
|Arches Text Wove (Velin) paper, Cave
|5.2 x 3.3 x 1 inch, 26 inches (wide) fully extended
|Box / Wrapper
|Folded paper wrapper
|Signed & Numbered
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 habitat with text often addressing grief over environmental degradation and habitat loss. This book was mostly made along footpaths above the South Fork of the American River, California, near our home. I go into wild forests for hours, days or weeks at a time. While there I work in 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.
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 prominent private and public collections at Yale University and the University of Washington, among others. Her work is widely exhibited and has been honored by institutions including Sitka Center for Art and 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.