|Title||Point of View|
|Artist / Creator||Valerie Carrigan|
|Press Name||Messenger Press|
|Artist's Nationality||United States|
|Place of Publication||North Adams, Massachusets|
|Process / Technique||Letterpress printed cover and colophon|
|Structure / Binding||Pivoting panel book|
|Medium / Materials||Watercolor|
|Paper Stock||Arches Cold Press|
|Number of Pages||4 panels|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||6.25 x 9 x .25 inches. Extends out to 24 inches|
My art is about paying attention. It is about the observation of one's immediate surroundings, the seeing that occurs within the self, and the places these two intersect. It is about holding on to a sense of wonder in the world and staying present long enough to hear the message or see the messenger. It is how we pay attention that determines what will be revealed to us about our own lives or the lives of others. This artist book was created during a residency at Bascom Lodge on Mount Greylock in Massachusetts. The book can be viewed from both front and back, offering two distinct vantage points from the mountain top. I was a bookbinding teaching assistant for Hedi Kyle while I was in graduate school at The University of the Arts. Hedi was a mentor to me and has had a profound influence on my career in the book arts.
Artist BioValerie Carrigan is the proprietor of Messenger Press Studio, a 1,000 square foot art studio in an old industrial mill in North Adams, Massachusetts. Valerie produces prints and artist books focusing on monotype, relief and letterpress printing. She was recently awarded the Martha Boschen Porter Fund, a grant through the Berkshire Taconic Foundation, to purchase an etching press for her studio. In the year prior, she was the recipient of the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire Individual Artist Grant, which enabled her to produce a new body of work through a residency at Zea Mays Printmaking in Florence, Massachusetts. As an exhibitor at the Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair in 2014, Valerie was presented with a Juror's Award and Purchase Prize.