|Title||Linens and Things On Line|
|Artist / Creator||Sue Clancy|
|Place of Publication||Norman, Oklahoma|
|Publication Date||February 2005|
|Structure / Binding||Coptic bound pop up book.|
|Medium / Materials||100 percent cotton handmade paper sheets created and then dyed for this project. Other papers were hand marbled or printed. Dyed handmade paper was glued over book binders board to make the stiff covers. The book was bound Coptic style using linen thread. The pop-up shapes and other “content” were cut from various sheets of paper, ink and acrylic accents were added as needed. Once the “clothes line” was run through the book the pieces were glued into place with archival glue. The title was produced by rubber stamps and ink.|
|Paper Stock||Handmade paper created and dyed by the artist.|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||4.5 x 6 x .5 inches (closed), 12 inch circle, 4.5 inches high (open)|
|Signed & Numbered||Signed|
The linguistic phrase “on line” has come to have a different meaning that it once had. Once upon a time it referred to freshly laundered clothes hanging on a clothesline outside. This book emphasizes an awareness of the digital/mechanized aspects of modern life and the ways meanings of words and phrases change over time.
Artist’s back story for this book: Around 2005 I was noticing that due to awareness of global warming – as well as the expense of a mechanical dryer - “clothes lines” were making a come-back after a long absence. That reminded me that when I would ask my grandmother where my favorite shirt was she’d say “on line” referring to the clothesline in the back yard. Suddenly I thought of how meanings of words and phrases had changed over time without my conscious awareness. Likewise I was suddenly aware that my modern life was mechanically dominated perhaps in ways that I had not consciously chosen.
Sue Clancy (b. 1968 Norman, Oklahoma) has always loved books. She made her first book when she was about 6 years old by humorously altering, re-binding, illustrating and writing-in a church hymnal. After that “success”, which was widely acclaimed by her peers though not as well received by the adult critics, she continued throughout school to practice the arts of illustration and paper folding on her mathematics homework and to conceive English term papers as bound and illustrated art objects. She went on to get a Bachelors of Fine Arts with an emphasis in graphic design from the University of Oklahoma. While in college and for several years afterwards she was paid to design and make printed/published books of various ordinary sorts as well as to illustrate things for those books. Finding graphic design to be relatively un-funny in 1996 she formed her own business focused on illustration and writing. (She became an editorial cartoonist for 6 years and continues to create cartoons for publication – but never mind about the cartoons, here we’re talking about books.) In 1996 Oklahoma she wasn’t able to find, in the available stores, a sketchbook that was bound durably containing paper pages of a kind that she wanted to draw and write on – so she began learning to bind her own books by reading books about book-binding and learning from other bookbinders often corresponding by snail mail with Shereen La Plantz and Keith Smith. To practice her new book-binding skill she participated, for over 7 years, in the Art-O-Mat project by creating a popular line of hand-bound books the size of a pack of cigarettes which were dispensed from old cigarette vending machines. Combining book-binding skill with her skills of papermaking, paper-marbling, paste paper making, print making, illustrating and writing – it wasn’t long before she was creating one of a kind content filled books as well as using her handmade papers as well as exploring the narrative aspect of bound books as part of her 2 dimensional fine art. That led to special commissions, and participation in group art exhibits nationally and internationally as well as including book arts with fine art exhibits – or vice versa. Sue doesn’t see a line between fine art paintings and book arts – or where illustration and writing end and painting and book arts begin. Her artwork both 2D and 3D has been exhibited and purchased by institutions such as the Wexford Ireland Arts Center, The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in Boulder Colorado, The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan Wisconsin, The Wisconsin Historical Society, The Empty Space Gallery in Bakersfield California, CARF International in Arizona, The Oklahoma School of Science and Math and many others.
She’s also had a number of successful one woman exhibits, most recently at the Oklahoma State Capitol. Her art resides in numerous private collections which include the Kennedy family in Washington D.C. and the private collection of New York Times bestselling author Billie Letts.
In Oklahoma she’d taught well attended workshops for many aspects of the book arts, she curated and juried exhibits and wrote a “business of art” column for Art Focus Oklahoma, a publication she’d helped to begin while on the board of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition. Also in Oklahoma she is represented by the Joseph Gierek Fine Art Gallery in Tulsa, Downtown Art & Frame in Norman and Istvan Gallery in Oklahoma City.
In 2011 she moved from Oklahoma to the Northwest where she is finding a more hospitable habitat in which to be a happy human humorously playing with words and pictures.