|Artist / Creator||Mari Eckstein Gower|
|Artist's Nationality||United States|
|Place of Publication||Redmond, WA|
|Process / Technique||Ink jet printed from original paintings on Arches cover paper|
|Structure / Binding||Accordion book|
|Paper Stock||Arches cover, Canson mi tente, Lama Li|
|Number of Pages||26 pages|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||6 x 7.25 x 1 inches. Extends out to 154 inches|
|Edition Size||Edition of 40|
|Box / Wrapper||Presented in French-style box|
|Signed & Numbered||Yes|
Soldier's Heart by Mari Eckstein Gower
My father, like many who fought in World War II, suffered from nightmares triggered by his experiences. For his generation, this wasn't something one spoke about, as if his responses were a weakness or shameful. I'm thankful that today the effects of trauma are being studied and treated, and that we're beginning to understand that PTSD is not only a social issue but political as well. In my book, Soldier's Heart, I explore the subject of PTSD, looking to historical portrayals of the effects of warfare and the ways PTSD has been described in the past. The book design is inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry, which is packed with surprising descriptive details. I've also referenced Egyptian, Assyrian, Mayan and Celtic artifacts.
Mari Eckstein Gower lives and works on her artist books in Redmond, WA. She incorporates her love of images and words in her artwork, experimenting with new forms for combining the two. She studied painting and humanities at Scripps College and Claremont Graduate University.