|Artist / Creator||Ruth Bryant|
|Place of Publication||Portland, OR|
|Process / Technique||Letterpress, pochoir, pressure printing|
|Structure / Binding||Nested accordion, paper toy, meander, drop-front box|
|Medium / Materials||Wax|
|Paper Stock||Sakamoto, Kitakata, Mohawk|
|Number of Pages||Scar Study: 14 pages. Ethnography of a Home: 14 pages. Box:|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||Box 4.5 x 8 x 5.875 inches closed|
|Edition Size||Edition of 5|
|Box / Wrapper||Presented in a drop-front box|
|Signed & Numbered||Signed by the artist|
Scar Study explores the way trauma manifests in the body. The impetus for this work was my participation in a scar study that tested the efficacy of two different laser treatments for scar removal. Throughout this process, I became acutely aware of how much the trauma that brought about my scars still lives in my body. I have created a body of work that includes a nested accordion book (Scar Study), a miniature single-sheet meander book that unfolds to display a map (Ethnography of a Home), and a letterpress printed and waxed paper toy of my body with its scars. These separate but related pieces are intended to be viewed together as portions of a whole, no one piece claiming ownership over the entire narrative. Through these pieces, I examine my evolving relationship with my body and its scars (visible and invisible), its history of violence, and the way that personal experiences have influenced how I move through the world.
Artist BioRuth Bryant is a graduate of the University of Iowa Center for the Book, having previously earned a BFA in Craft with a concentration in Book Arts from Oregon College of Art and Craft. Her current work explores issues of trauma, memory, and narrativity, and utilizes pop-up structures, 3-d paper construction, and paper weaving techniques. Bryant's work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally and is held in various public and private collections.