|The boxed set
|Artist / Creator
|Carol Chase Bjerke
|Carol Chase Bjerke
|Place of Publication
|Process / Technique
|Gelatin silver print photographs
|Medium / Materials
|Acid-free matboard, bookcloth, Gudy 831, PVA glue
|Ilford Warmtone MGFB Glossy paper
|11 x 9 x 8 inches closed.
|Signed & Numbered
|Signed by the artist
Stone Circle celebrates an enduring living presence fostered by the largest of the many ancient stone circles in Ireland. Built around 2000 BCE, Grange Stone Circle is aligned with the sun's rays at specific times during the growing season. People still gather there at sunrise on the first of May, and for harvest festivals. Local cattle feed on the grass, and trees and other plants and lichens grow to integrate with the weathered stones. This boxed set was constructed with multiple layers of multi-ply mat board to make it a heavy stone-like piece. Its upright form echoes the shape of the largest stone in the actual circle, and provides a form around which to arrange the enclosed photo cards for exhibition and study.
Artist BioCarol Chase Bjerke is an artist and educator with a BA in Graphic Design and an MFA in Photography, both from Central Michigan University. Her handmade books and photographic works have been exhibited internationally, and can be found in numerous private and public collections including the Special Collections at Golda Meir Library, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; the Kohler Art Library at the University of Wisconsin in Madison; and the National Museum of Women in the Arts Library and Research Center in Washington, D.C. She has taught book arts at a number of community and academic venues including the University of Wisconsin School of the Arts at Rhinelander; Valley Ridge Art Studio in Muscoda, WI; and The Center for Photography at Madison. She has been making books and other art since she was a child, and her playfulness and wit are still evident. Especially in her recent boxed sets.