|Title||Homage to Peter Mullin|
|Artist / Creator||Carol Chase Bjerke|
|Press Name||Carol Chase Bjerke|
|Place of Publication||Madison, WI|
|Contributors||Text is a quote from The Stone Diaries, by Carol Shields|
|Process / Technique||Gelatin silver print photographs|
|Structure / Binding||Two meander books with stand|
|Medium / Materials||Acid-free mat board|
|Paper Stock||Ilford Warmtone MGFB Glossy, and Cansons Mi-Teintes papers|
|Number of Pages||12 & 24 pages|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||8 x 5.25 x 2.5 inches closed.|
|Signed & Numbered||Signed by the artist|
The Aran island of Inishmore is nine miles long and only two miles at its widest point, but an estimated 100 miles of drystone walls line its rocky surface. These walls delineate fields, and serve as a repository for stones that would otherwise interfere with the growing of crops and grazing of animals. Oftentimes the locals can identify a wall's builder by its individual style, or by the size and type of its stones. When I wanted to honor the maker of this finely constructed wall, I sent photos to the owner of the B&B where I had stayed on my last visit, and asked if by chance she knew the name of the person I was looking for. She wrote back almost immediately. "Oh yes," she said, "His name was Peter Mullin, and he really knew how to build a wall."
Artist BioCarol Chase Bjerke is an artist and educator with a BA in Graphic Design and an MFA in Photography, both from Central Michigan University. Her handmade books and photographic works have been exhibited internationally, and can be found in numerous private and public collections including the Special Collections at Golda Meir Library, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; the Kohler Art Library at the University of Wisconsin in Madison; and the National Museum of Women in the Arts Library and Research Center in Washington, D.C. She has taught book arts at a number of community and academic venues including the University of Wisconsin School of the Arts at Rhinelander; Valley Ridge Art Studio in Muscoda, WI; and The Center for Photography at Madison. She has been making books and other art since she was a child, and her playfulness and wit are still evident. Especially in her recent boxed sets.