|Artist / Creator||Susan Collard|
|Place of Publication||Portland, OR|
|Process / Technique||Acrylics on cut paper collage; cut and etched mirrors and glass; cut, carved, and drilled wood; sewn and glued assemblage|
|Structure / Binding||Accordion with slotted brass hinges|
|Medium / Materials||Reclaimed Douglas fir with glass, paper, bone, brass|
|Number of Pages||6|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||3.25 x 1.75 x 3.5 inches; Extends out to 13 inches|
|Signed & Numbered||Yes|
Every three years, the Guild of Book Workers hosts a national juried exhibition of work by its members. This book was made for the 2012 exhibition, exploring the theme of "Horizon," and traveled with that show to six locations. For me, the word "horizon" acquired strong associations in architecture school, where we learned to construct laboriously hand-drawn perspectives. In this book, overlapping scenes are tied together by a continuous horizon line, along with lines of original text. Carved recesses, inset mirrors, and a meniscus lens add to the optical artifice and manipulation of scale. Anatomical and architectural drawings are carefully pieced together, with drawn and painted overlays. The pages are sawn from a single piece of salvaged lumber, and fitted with custom brass hinges allowing full rotation.
Artist BioSusan Collard is a Portland book artist and architect whose firm, In-House Architecture, focuses on residential remodeling. She first encountered artists' books in 1991, while in the graduate creative writing program at the University of Arizona. She has been making one-of-a-kind collaged and constructed books ever since. Her work has been featured in many group shows, including multiple exhibitions sponsored by the Guild of Book Workers, 23 Sandy Gallery, Abecedarian Gallery, and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Her books are in the collections of a number of major libraries and universities, including the University of Oregon, the University of Washington, Stanford, Emory, and Yale.