Humanist Prayer Flag- Biology, 
2015
Collage on rice paper, with found images and linoleum printing, unique. 6 x 4 x 60 inches, unique. $500

 

 



Humanist Prayer Flag #1
, 2008.
Paper, Linen String, Found Images, Ink, Acrylic, 4 x 29 inches. $400

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Humanist Prayer Flag #2, 2009.
Paper, Linen String, Found Images, Ink, Acrylic, 4 x 29 inches. $400
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Small Gourd Book, 2009
Dried Gourd, Paper, Linen String, Ink, Acrylic. 3 x 7 inches in circumfrence x 13 inches long (when opened). $350
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Funky Asemic Gourd Book, 2017
Watercolor and rice papers, ink, acrylic paint, hemp thread , and dried gourd, unique 3 x 6 x 14 inches. $550

 

 




Statement

As a child I used to hide in the bottom of a corner cupboard poring over an obsolete dictionary that my father repaired with packing tape. It was a heavy book that smelled of rabbit skin-glue. Each section was marked by  shiny black tabs with gold letters and the pages were tissue thin. Embedded within the text were exquisite engravings of unimagined creatures and objects. Leafing through it was like entering a cabinet of wonders.

Inspired by that early sense-memory, I make books. I think them of as containers for collections of ideas and images that  I’ve gleaned from literature, mythology, science, philosophy and psychology. The books take different forms, loosely based on the accordion-fold design, but they have things in common.  Since I employ basic technology and materials, and use a pre-literate working process the books are characterized by accident and imperfection. This gives them a metaphysical through-line that reflects the chaotic order hidden in nature.

Spiritual expression through art is also important to me. Inspired by Buddhist prayer flags, The ‘Humanist Prayer Flag Series’ explores the nexus between science and spirituality, riffing on images from biology textbooks.  The strung collages incorporate found materials, and techniques such as burning and tearing as well as painting, drawing, writing and printing. Other books, ‘Small Gourd Book’ and ‘Book With Yellow Clip’ enclose pages that spill out like seeds of literacy  transmuted into visual art.

Donna Maria de Creeft Website