|Title||Last Gods' Retreat|
|Artist / Creator||Susan Lowdermilk|
|Press Name||Susan Lowdermilk|
|Artist's Nationality||United States|
|Place of Publication||Eugene, OR|
|Process / Technique||Epson Stylus Pro 3880|
|Structure / Binding||Accordion with non-adhesive envelope binding and paper spine, pop-ups and LED lights|
|Medium / Materials||Acetate, micro fiche, velum paper|
|Paper Stock||Canson Velin Rag papers|
|Number of Pages||10 spreads|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||4.25 x 5.5 x 1.25 inches|
|Edition Size||Edition of 30|
|Signed & Numbered||Yes|
Last Gods' Retreat by Susan Lowdermilk
LED lights give a numinous illumination to movable and translucent forms in this book. Photographs are by Denis Keogh. Book design and construction by Susan Lowdermilk. The poem, Last Gods’ by Galway Kinnell served as inspiration. The images are from the plains of southeast Montana. At the edge of broken pavement and frayed culture of the Northern Cheyenne, this large wooden cone was in the slow process of dissolution by the elements. The derelict structure, squat, low and snug to the earth, was more than a kitschy echo of the vital architecture of a once vibrant people. In its dilapidated, vulnerable state, it had the presence of a temple. Prayer flags of colorful scraps of plastic and cloth littered the place. Broken plastic trays were bowls for alms. It was a place where travelers could stop and experience some vague, innate sense of longing and loss, as well as reassurance of the timelessness of the elements and the continuation of the world’s story.
Artist BioSusan Lowdermilk creates artist books and limited edition prints, working primarily in woodcut, wood engraving and etching. She has been teaching printmaking, artist books and graphic design courses at Lane Community College's Art and Applied Design Department in Eugene Oregon for over fifteen years. Her artist books can be found in numerous public collections worldwide. Her prints and artist books are represented in galleries throughout the United States. She earned her Master's of Fine Art from the University of Oregon in Eugene, and her Bachelor's of Fine Art from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.