|Title||House of Dirt|
|Artist / Creator||Jess Buckley|
|Place of Publication||Portland, Oregon|
|Process / Technique||Letterpress images from polymer plates and Van Dyke brown photographic prints|
|Structure / Binding||Woven codex|
|Number of Pages||26 pages|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||7 x 7.75 x .25 inches closed|
|Edition Size||Edition of 5|
|Signed & Numbered||Signed and numbered edition|
Exploring the limits of collective memory and the pastoral, my work is concentrated on the way in which a landscape can shape and possess an individual. Growing up on a family farm of five generations, I continue to be inspired by those who endure the hardships of rural life yet still have this immeasurable pride for the lifestyle. By looking at the past, I aim to put into perspective the current situation of those who live in these forgotten communities and struggle to preserve their way of life. By focusing on collaboration in my work through the combination of mediums, and merging of stories and materials from past and present, I am able to construct an environment that belongs to everyone and no one. Memory is, by nature, plural and yet individual. It remains in permanent evolution, open to manipulation, appropriation, and deformation. My work challenges modern ideas of rural lifestyles while simultaneously questioning and problematizing ideas of history and memory.
Artist BioJess Buckley is a book artist and photographer whose work challenges modern ideas of rural lifestyles while simultaneously questioning and problematizing ideas of history and memory. Her artist's books can be found in numerous collections, including The University of Denver, Penrose Library Special Collections and Colorado College Special Collections Library. She holds a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She currently resides in Portland, OR.