From Colorado to the Karakoram by Casey Gardner

After surviving the avalanche that buried her friend, Stella is invited to join an expedition to the Himalaya.

Set in 1939, this book maps her journey into an unstable world on the brink of war, to the threshold of her dream to climb one of the world’s highest peaks. Throughout the book, images of dendritic forms, in leaves, rivers, maps, convey how paths branch into new directions with decisive turns. Questions arise in reconciling responsibility with desire and what is in or outside our control when pursuing our dreams. Amidst overwhelming political and historical events, Stella finds herself reflecting on the privilege to make choices and the forces that inform our aspirations. When dreams collide with reality, how do we calculate sacrifice and risk to stay on our path. In a world that’s careening out of control, what voices do we listen to and how much latitude do we have to make choices in the landscape of our dreams.

Artist Bio

Casey Gardner is a book artist and printmaker living in Berkeley, CA. She writes, draws, prints and binds her own limited edition, letterpress-printed artist books with Set in Motion Press. On the surface of pages she sees endless possibilities to convey her multilayered narratives in space, movement and time. Through stories and imagery she explores the interior realms of humans in connection with the natural world. Her texts often examine the interchange of scientific understanding and human meaning. Extensive research is integral to her artistic process. She integrates the information gleaned in research into visually representative contexts of language and metaphor into poetic graphics.

She has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Colorado University, Boulder Colorado, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and Printmaking from California College of the Arts, San Francisco, California. Her books are the recipient of numerous awards and can be found in collections world-wide.