|Ten Seconds of Rain
|Artist / Creator
|Place of Publication
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|Moleskine Cahier Journal with Kraft cover, acid free paper, ink, typewritten vintage label.
|Number of Pages
|5 x 8.25 inches
|Variable edition of 6 (vol. 1) / Variable edition of 4 (vol. 2)
|Signed & Numbered
Ten Seconds of Rain is a series of pseudo-scientific journals capturing rain patterns. This variable, open edition artist book documents rain for 10 seconds on various dates in one location. A list in the front of the book documents the dates and time for each print. Nawalinski tells us: As an artist, I look for patterns in my surroundings, and I enjoy searching for ways to make random patterns that aren’t controlled by the artist’s hand. One day, while I was looking out my studio window, I wondered how to make art from the essential, basic experience of living in Oregon. Then I noticed the rain. I set out to capture the pattern of the rain as it falls on the earth and, through many experiments, I discovered a way to make prints of the rain. Each two-page spread is a visual record of ten seconds of rain, at a specific time, on a specific day. This information is recorded in each book. A standard exposure time enables the reader to compare, at a glance, a light mist on one page to a downpour on another page. When turning the pages of the rain books, the rustling pages sound like rain. This process translates the rain from one form to another, from wet to dry, from an ephemeral event to an archival record. Each print contains a record of the weather in an abstract pattern. Rain falls all over the world. Where is it raining now?
Artist BioCynthia Nawalinski received her B.F.A. from Cornish college of the Arts (1983) and her B.S. in Entomology from U.C. Berkeley (1977). She works primarily in the areas of sculpture and printmaking. In the last few years Cynthia has renewed her activity in artist’s books and mail art, and recently co-hosted a mail art call. Inspired by things she sees while walking, both in cities and wild places, she looks for patterns in her surroundings like tree bark, mud cracks, and reflections on the surface of water. She is fascinated by water in all of its states and forms, by visual depictions of mathematical concepts, and by patterns taken from the world, like those seen on maps. Her interest in maps evolved from her travels, particularly from using topographic maps while hiking in the North Cascades. Caldera Arts awarded Cynthia with an artist residency, and Oregon Arts Commission awarded her an Individual Artist Fellowship to further develop her work with maps. She shows work in Portland, Oregon, as well as Seattle and Stehekin, Washington.