|Artist / Creator||Camille Riner|
|Place of Publication||Custer, SD|
|Structure / Binding||Pop-up altered gate fold book|
|Medium / Materials||Brown book cloth cover and a cord clasp with a red glass bead|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||2.5 x 3 inches when closed and 7.5 inches when open|
|Edition Size||Open Edition|
|Signed & Numbered||Yes|
This pop-up altered gate fold book features the image of a figure soaring through the clouds over a large canyon. I created this image while visiting Yellowstone National Park the last two summers. The red rugged cliffs of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and the blue green of the Yellowstone River have been inspirational to many who visit this United States National Park. For me the image celebrates all the opportunities that are possible when you let go of fears and regrets. The image is a digital pigment print from a digital collage I did incorporating maps and brochures of the park, a sketchbook watercolor drawing and photographs I took of the Yellowstone River. The poem I wrote inside reads: Flight – Jump high into the air – Open your arms and catch the breeze in your soul – Let your doubts flap in the wind singing of your freedom – Like the frame of a kite, your limbs arch out, strong and flexible, riding over the vast chasm.
Artist BioCamille Riner's prints and artist books express her appreciation for the little things in life. She has appreciated being able to walk with her dog along a quiet trail, watch her 6 year old daughter marvel at the moon or sit on a hillside and see the wind move through the grass. Artist books are works of art realized in the form of a book. Riner's bookwork is based on her relief prints. Her relief prints start as blocks carved from wood or linoleum and she uses hand tools or an electric router to carve the images. The blocks are then printed using an old fashioned etching press that she cranks by hand. Riner scans and manipulates these final prints for use in her books. Each book is a combination of her prints, poems, origami (paper folding), handmade papers, beads, and linen threads. Most of her books are miniatures and easily fit in the palm of your hand. Riner has a BFA from the University of South Dakota and her MFA in printmaking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before moving back to South Dakota she taught art and design at Southwestern Michigan College. Currently she works in her studio with her husband Paul Horsted and teaches workshops in printmaking, papermaking and book arts.