Central Library, 2nd floor Balcony Cases
Book:Book by Claire Rau
This series of artist's books has a strong sense of narrative and tactility. Part of the dialogue in exhibiting these works together in a library is to show the process of creating books that are based on other books. Each book acknowledges its antecedent, ranging from La Fontaine's fables to Viollet-Le-Duc's treatise on the imaginary fortress of La Roche-Pont to Sydney Vacher's book of 16th century patterns on brocade and stuffs from London's National Gallery.
These books heavily employ the use of pattern, either for camouflage, like in The White Book, or for enticement, as in Selections of Cesare Ripa's Iconologica. Annals of a Fortress manipulates the layer of lace against the background of battlefield schematics, images of the body and deep folds of drapery. The use of ornament in these works demonstrates the delicate and intangible powers of pattern in the surface of the paper, adding to the cohesive character strength of the pieces and drawing attention to handiwork and fine detail in the books.
I want to involve the viewer in an investigation of the visual information of pattern and the working process of assimilation through a sampling of the books I have created in the past two years. These works openly demonstrate the processes of binding, box building and printmaking.
Claire Rau received her MFA from the University of North Carolina. She has displayed her work across the United States and in Italy. She recently completed a self-directed creative residency at The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, as well as a book production residency in Rosendale, New York.
To contact the artist: firstname.lastname@example.org