|Artist / Creator||Anne Covell|
|Press Name||Sin Nombre Press|
|Place of Publication||Iowa City, IA|
|Structure / Binding||Letterpress linoleum reduction, metal type|
|Medium / Materials||Wax, walnut dye|
|Paper Stock||Handmade kozo|
|Number of Pages||22|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||3.5 x 5 x .25 inches|
|Edition Size||Edition of 20|
|Signed & Numbered||Yes|
Raking Light is a meditation on the Japanese aesthetic wabi-sabi, which seeks to find beauty within the simplicity, austerity, and asperity of a given form or space. Depicted within are shoji screens that frame window views onto a raked garden. These raked lines suggest the life cycle of a body of water as it begins as a waterfall, travels by river, and ultimately flows to the ocean. As the structure unfolds, window views enlarge to echo the river's growth and to emphasize an implied architecture that shifts between interior and exterior, shadow and light. Though it is not bound by a specific time or place, Raking Light draws inspiration from walking the raked gardens of Kyoto's Daisen-in.
Artist BioAnne Covell is an MFA candidate at the University of Iowa Center for the Book, where she studies letterpress printing, bookbinding and hand papermaking. In 2004, Covell completed a dual BA from San Diego State University where she studied art history and metalworking, and in 2010 she completed a joint MA in Library and Information Science and Graduate Certificate in Book Studies/Book Arts & Technologies from the University of Iowa where she was Robert A. Olson Fellow in Special Collections. Since 2012, Covell has been producing limited edition artist books, paperworks, and other ephemera under the imprint Sin Nombre Press, a name that pays homage to the few remaining nameless and untouched landscapes still found in nature. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad and can be seen in the special collections libraries of Lafayette College, the University of San Francisco, UCLA, the University of Florida, and most recently in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Blue Heron Press Collection of Artists' Books.