Ravishing Radishes by Elaine Langerman

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Ravishing Radishes is a celebration of ourselves and the teeming abundant beauty—and bounty—of the natural world around us, supporting our lives. One day I sliced a radish for our daily salad, and found it to be so strange and beautiful that I was compelled to scan it into my computer. I then placed it (repeated three more times, using Photoshop) in front of a sheet of previously scanned-in origami paper with its very rich pattern and, of all things, uploaded it onto my Facebook page. Everyone responded to it enthusiastically . . . so my mind began to take off from there. I seldom work on a single image—one image almost always leads to another, so one at a time, images began to form themselves composed of vegetables with richly patterned backgrounds. I went back to the cover page of what by now was to be a book, adding its beribboned title and our friend flying his training plane amongst the radish heart-clouds. I was then inspired to include at least once something human (or sort of human) on the each page. Creatures and creations fly, sleep, play, and float among birds, trees, water, diagrams, and of course, vegetables and fruits or all sorts—mainly ones I like best.

Artist Bio

Elaine Langerman has always adored books and reading as well as making art of all sorts. What better way to combine all these then making her own image books!  She began with making sculptures out of books themselves, then making sculptures that included serial parts and/or books included with other small objects.  Then it was on to image books themselves. Her first important 'mentor' was Judith Hoffberg who included her in her traveling exhibit, Women of the Book, held in 1998 and repeated several times. She has shown her one (or two)-of-a-kind books in many exhibitions including those held in Canada, Hungary, Ireland, Scotland, and throughout the United States. Her books are included in the collections of Chicago Center for Book & Paper Arts, Columbia College; University of California, Santa Barbara Davis Library, Special Collections; University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Special Collections; Szent Istvan Kiraly Muzeum (King St. Stephen Museum), Szekesfehervar, Hungary; University of California Irvine Library, Special Collections; University of Southern California’s Lewis Carroll Alice Collection; Verman Kimbrough Memorial Library at Ringling College of Art and Design; the University of Toledo Libraries, Toledo, Ohio; University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Special Collections; UC, Santa Barbara, Judith A. Hoffberg Archive, Library Coll.; George Mason University; Fenwick Library, Special Collections, Artist Book Collection, Fairfax, VA.; Union College, Schaffer Library, Special Collections; Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis, Herron, Art Library, Artist Book Collection. Karen is a retired art educator, having taught high school art for 32 years. She came to the book arts to learn a new medium, and has stayed ever since. Her most recent self published book is titled Drive-by Shooting on Old Route 66, A Camera's Point of View.