|Title||Secret Sides of Soil|
|Artist / Creator||Elizabeth Sanford|
|Artist's Nationality||United States|
|Place of Publication||Nashville, Tennessee|
|Structure / Binding||Origami Flexicube|
|Medium / Materials||Watercolor, acrylic and ink|
|Paper Stock||Fabriano hot press watercolor paper, black card stock|
|Number of Pages||9 pages|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||4.5 x 4.5 x 4.5 inches closed.|
|Edition Size||Variable edition of 3|
|Box / Wrapper||Hinged, 2-part case wrapper|
|Signed & Numbered||Signed and numbered edition|
Secrets Sides of Soil invites the viewer to wander deep into the hidden worlds beneath our feet. A skink basks on top of this origami flexicube, pausing in its search for a meal; an ant hides on the bottom. Opening the front of the cube reveals an earthworm depositing its nutrient-rich castings on top of the soil; on the left, two plants start to network through their roots. This page opens to display a closeup of a plant root partnering with beneficial mycorrhizal fungi. The last hidden page unfolds from the cube's back and features soil bacteria arranged to form a word chain referencing aspects of the soil food web. Each word in the chain may be coupled with the one before and after, such as back ground and ground story. I chose this playful structure to reflect the interdependent relationships of the soil food web. Each page is made up of several smaller units linked together. Moving one affects the others; focusing on one side changes the others and their relationships.
Artist BioElizabeth Sanford (Nashville, Tennessee) is a watercolor painter who was seduced by the book arts and now creates watercolor sculptures. Her work is in many collections including the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Savannah College of Art and Design, John Hopkins University, and Ringling College of Art and Design. She has been teaching art for more than twenty years and holds an MFA in painting and drawing from East Carolina University.