|Gray Matter Gardening
|How to Weed Your MInd
|Artist / Creator
|A Small Plates Edition published by the Imprint of the San Francisco Center for the Book.
|Medium / Materials
|Letterpress and offset on three delightful papers
|Number of Pages
|36 pages with 6 interleavings
|4 x 4 inches
Gray Matter Gardening is a lighthearted, how-to book on self-reflection for seekers of bliss and others who dig in the dirt. The source of inspiration for this book is Vipassana (Theravada Buddhism) practice. Vipassana is a Pali word which literally means "inward vision."Artist Statement My work starts with a question. Some unanswered phenomenon will go nagging around my gray matter, repeating itself in hushed, slightly obsessive tones until I satisfy with research — extensive research, and then a response. While it is the research that points me to answers, it is the actual making of the work, completing the project that satisfies the question. My interests include: language, personality, difference, beliefs, systems, ideas, movement, reflection, identity, perceptions, structures, stories, socialization, definitions, context, memory, experience, change, and residue.
Artist BioCalifornia native, Nanette Wylde is a conceptual artist, writer and cultural worker making socially reflective, language-based works generally of hybrid media. Wylde has a great passion for the book as an art object, and as a container and conveyor of thought and imagination. Even so, many of her own works take digital form. They can only be experienced via a computer and fall under the category of Electronic Literature. She thinks of these works as books also. In addition to creating in book form, Wylde curates exhibitions of artists' books under the title, Conceptually Bound. Wylde has a BA in Behavioral Science from San Jose State University. Her MFA is in Interactive Multimedia from Ohio State University. She is Professor of Art & Art History at California State University, Chico where she developed and heads the Digital Media/Electronic Arts Program.