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Elusive, 2013
12 panel ceramic wood-fired book, 12 steel stands, linen thread, edition 4. $7500
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Toscana, 2001
Original linocut monotypes on handmade papers, and pulp painted covers form an artist’s book of panels describing the landscapes of Tuscany; closed 14 x 10.5 x 1.5 inches, opens to 5.5 inches; edition of 4. $5,500
Toscana
White Sands, 1999
Original intaglio monotypes on handmade papers, and pulp painted covers form an artist’s book of panels describing the changes in color and light during a day in the New Mexico desert, closed 10.5 x 14 x 1.5 inches, opens to 84 inches, edition of 2, $5,000.
White Sands
VARIATIONS on the Dialectic between Mingus and Pithecanthropus erectus, 2005
Hand drawn and hand-cut woodcuts and watermarks, on pulp painted and watermarked handmade paper; accordion artist’s book with sewn pamphlet attachments; Edition of 55 and 5 artist’s proofs; Closed 10.5 x 7.5 x .5 inches; Open 10.5 x 60” inches; $1,200.00
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Variations

Statement

Toscana

Toscana is a panorama of scenes drawn on site in rural Tuscany, an area well known by the artist. An olive tree seen from close range, a farm house and tile-roofed church, open into vinyards and sunflower fields, and a full tree-covered hillside. The colors reflect the pure hues seen everywhere in this countryside: blue sky, terra cotta roof, silver-green leaves, dusty orange earth, yellow-gold fields.

Toscana is hand-bound by the artist; the prints were cut and printed by the artist from her original drawings. Comprising the interior panels are six original color prints. Linocuts are printed over monotypes. Panels are hinged with cloth.

All papers are handmade by the artist. Unique pulp paintings create the images of the covers, which are cast paper made from cotton, painted while being formed using pigmented flax pulp. The images within the book are printed on paper made of cotton and flax especially to reflect the atmosphere of Tuscany. Bagasse papers cover the exterior of the panels.

The box housing this artist’s book is designed and handmade by master craftsperson Linda Blaser.

White Sands

White Sands is a detailed narrative of the trajectory of one day spent on a site within a gypsum desert in New Mexico. Here, one is enveloped by vast, hovering dunes and persistently rhythmic ridges of sand. Pure white, the sands reflect the course of the sun in evolutionary color, beginning at first light and changing until the end of day moves beyond the mountains.

White Sands is hand-bound by the artist; the prints were etched and printed by the artist from her drawings. Comprising the interior panels are six original color prints. Zinc intaglio plates are printed over the artist’s hand-painted monotypes. Panels are hinged with cloth.

All papers are handmade by the artist. Unique pulp paintings create the images of the covers, which are cast paper made from cotton, painted while being formed using pigmented flax pulp. The images within the book are printed on a variety of cotton, flax, hemp and abaca papers made to reflect the changing light. Bagasse papers cover the exterior of the panels.

The box housing this artist’s book is designed and handmade by master craftsperson Linda Blaser.

VARIATIONS on the Dialectic between Mingus and Pithecanthropus erectus

Based on Charles Mingus’s musical work, “Pithecanthropus erectus,” images and words weave the music’s story together with the factual tale of the discovery of early hominid Pithecanthropus erectus. In the symbolism of Mingus, Pithecanthropus erectus represents the accomplishments but also the tragic self-satisfaction of the dominant hominid. The four scored stages of his rise and fall are documented in the pages of this artist’s book, by works created in direct visual response to the music written and performed by Mingus.

This is an artist’s handmade object and a labor of fascination—with the two subjects of the book, and with all the artistic and technical processes of conceiving and executing the project.

Original text for the book, in poetry and essay form, is by paleoanthropologist Rick Potts. Printing is by Terrence Chouinard.

Biography

Lynn Sures is a multidisciplinary artist in drawing, printmaking, papermaking, ceramic sculpture, encaustic painting, artist’s books, and forged steel.

Recent exhibitions include “This Really Is My Thing” in St. Paul, MN, “De La Tierra” at UNAM in Mexico City, Mexico; “Strange Rocks” in Baltimore, MD; “Navigating Below the Surface” at Isik University, Istanbul, Turkey; and “Body Art” at the Fortezza Medicea Girifalco di Cortona, Italy.

The United States Department of State, the US Library of Congress, Yale University, the Museo della Carta e Della Filigrana, the New York Public Library, and the American Museum of Papermaking include Lynn’s work in their collections. Lynn’s artist’s books appear in several published collections, such as Authentic Visual Voices, 1000 Artists’ Books, Penland Book of Handmade Books, 500 Artist Books and the 2010 “Paper in Motion” portfolio published by Hand Papermaking.

She has exhibited and created works for international events in Australia, Italy and Japan; and in Sri Lanka, where she was invited as a U.S. State Department American Artist Abroad. Lynn has just completed a commissioned edition of woodcuts on handmade paper for the University of Chicago. She will be a resident artist in summer 2015 at Museu Moli` Paperer de Capellades, Spain; and at l’Accademia delle arti Cartarie, Fabriano, Italy. Awards include grants from her home state of Maryland and from the George Sugarman Foundation, California. Lynn is a Professor of Fine Arts, and the Program Head of Fine Arts at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, George Washington U., Washington, DC.

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