|Artist / Creator||Roberta Lavadour|
|Press Name||Mission Creek Press|
|Place of Publication||Pendleton, Oregon|
|Number of Images||20|
|Structure / Binding||Board book structure|
|Medium / Materials||Polaroid photos bound as a board book. Case-style cover wrapped with paper-backed reclaimed t-shirt.|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||4 x 4.5 x 1.75 inches|
|Edition Size||Edition of 4|
The racquet club where I work out used to use Polaroids for membership card head shots until about a year ago. These headless frames reveal an amusing look into the day to day reality of working out.
Artist StatementThis body of work, titled Finding Home brings years worth of cast-offs recovered from thrift stores and yard sales together to explore the language of the book. I've been living with these parts and pieces in the studio, allowing my subconscious to connect threads of texture, history and ideas until a route to the final binding structure becomes evident. Exploring ways to fashion the unfinished work of others into something finally "done" is a particularly satisfying process, and the finish books take on a new life, weaving each viewer's experience into the mix.
Artist BioRoberta Lavadour lives and works at the foothills of the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon. She made her first book in 1982 and has been exhibiting her artist's books and sculptural pieces since the mid 1990's. Her work is fueled by her rampant curiosity and explores everything from found objects and thrift store finds to personal family history to current events. She has been recognized with awards at several exhibit venues and received an Oregon Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship in 2001. Her work resides in many public and private collections around the world including the King St. Stephen Museum in Hungary and the American Embassy collection in Azerbaijan. She publishes her artist’s books and bindings under the Mission Creek Press imprint.